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Ministry of Education Republic of Liberia

Grantee:        Ministry of Education, Republic of Liberia
Ranking:       21st highest grantee, 2005 – 2009
Received:     $4,250,000
Type:             Educational
Issues:           African Development, Education-Infrastructure Development

About:  In 2005, after more than a decade of civil war, Liberia elected Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as the first female head of state in Africa.  In 2008, the OSI partnered with UNICEF and the Dutch government to create the Liberia Education Pooled Fund to create access to free public school education for all children in Liberia.  The OSI pledged $5 million; the Dutch government pledged $12 million, and in a related project, the U.S. government stepped in with $15 million to support the Liberia Teacher Training Project.

Board of Directors (incomplete):

  • T. Negbalee Warner   Negbalee is the Liberian member of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa.  The following description is from OSIWA€™s wewbsite:  Negbalee is a prominent member of Liberia civil society where he has held several leadership positions, including President of the Liberian National Students Union (LINSU), which is a statutory national umbrella organization of students and student governments in Liberia. Mr. Warner presently serves as member of the international Board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiatives (EITI), the Board of directors of the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL)- and the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY). He also served the Liberian public sector in a number of managerial positions at the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation and the Central Bank of Liberia as well the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI). During his tenure as the first Head of Secretariat of LEITI, Liberia was honored by the EITI Board as the best EITI implementing country, and the country subsequently became the second EITI compliant country in the world. Mr. Warner is an Assistant Professor of law at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia and is also engaged in private legal practice. He holds a B.Sc (Economics) with honors and an LL.B with honors from the University of Liberia, as well as an LL.M from the Cornell Law School. He is a member of the Liberian Supreme Court Bar, the Liberia National Bar, and the New York Bar.
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