World Bank Head of Mission Visits LACE New Executive Director

World Bank delegates in meeting with LACE new Executive Director, Mr. Quiwu Yeke at LACE Office

Monrovia: February 9, 2017 – World Bank Liberia Country Manager, Larisa Leshchenko, has expressed the commitment of the Bank in working collaboratively with the Liberian Government to address issues of youth empowerment and employment through support to social protection programs such as the Youth Opportunities Project (YOP).

The World Bank County Manager said, joblessness and lack of skills for employment amongst the youth of Liberia are of paramount concerns to the Bank. Madam Leshchenko was speaking Friday, February 9, 2018, when she paid a courtesy call on the Executive Director of the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE), Quiwu Yeke, at his Capitol Hill office in Monrovia.

Speaking during the acquaintance meeting, the Executive Director of LACE, Quiwu Yeke, commended the World Bank for its strong support to skills training and employment programs in Liberia under its funding, through the government.

Mr. Yeke promised to sustain the cordial ties between LACE and the World Bank, and conveyed President George Weah’s message of appreciation to the Bank through its Country Manager, for supporting youth empowerment projects in Liberia. Madam Leshchenko was taken on a guided tour of LACE’s facilities and introduced to project Staff and Managers.

Under a World Bank loan, Liberia is implementing the Youth Opportunities Project (YOP), which is a 5-year social protection intervention aimed at reducing vulnerability and unemployment amongst the young people of Liberia.

The Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE), is one of three government implementing institutions for the YOP. The Agency is implementing Component-1, which is Household Enterprise (HHE), and Component-2, which is Productive Public Works (PPW).

The Youth Opportunities Project is targeting the empowerment of 15,000 young people across the Country.

The Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) has gotten new Executive Director. Mr. Quiwu Yeke received appointment from His Excellency, President George Manneh Weah as Executive Director following confirmation from the Senate.

Mr. Quiwu Yeke the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment new Executive Director

Background/Overview

The Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) is an autonomous Agency of the Government of Liberia established on July 22, 2004 under the new Executive Law, Title 12 Chapter 50.B of the Liberian Code of Laws, also known as the “Community Empowerment Act”. The Primary Goals of the Agency is engendering national Initiatives and Strategies geared towards alleviating poverty, and towards reaching the Millennium Goals in Liberia through Community Driven Development ( CDD) .

The Primary objectives of the Agency is to improve the living standards of poor communities through the provisions and strengthening of basic social services and to promote a community based approach in sub-project identification, preparation, implementation , administration and maintenance  of community driven development projects funded by the Government of Liberia , World Bank, European Union, African Development Bank and other donors .

LACE started actual operations in January 2005 with a bridging grant of 1.1million dollars administered by Mercy Corps-Liberia, an international NGO.

The Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment since its establishment, has been successful in the execution of the Community Empowerment Project (CEP 1&2) especially constructions’ of basic social infrastructure such as school buildings, Latrines & Water-wells,  bridges etc  through the country .

In addition, LACE With support from the World Bank, the Government of Liberia and other development partners, LACE has effectively and successfully implemented the scores of social protection initiatives across Liberia. They include: Cash for Works Temporary Employment Project (CfWTEP), Youth Employment Skills-Community Works Project (YES-CWP), the Children and Youth in Africa (CHYAO) project, the Government of Liberia Youth Employment Project (LYEP), the SIDA Cash for Works and the World Food Programme/LACE food distribution to persons effected by the deadly Ebola virus and the ongoing YES- Community Livelihood Investment Project (CLIP).

 The mission of LACE

To assist in the consolidation of Liberia’s peace process by creating an enabling environment for social-economic revival of warn torn communities, and lay firm foundation for improved economic and social governance.
Vision of LACE

To ensure that almost all parts of Liberia are empowered through the Community Empowerment Programme (CEP), empowering the people to develop their own communities; to take charge of their own development processes; provide social protection and basic social services, and to re-build their capacity for collective action.

 

Objective

The objectives of the Agency are to improve the living standards of poor communities through the provisions and strengthening of basic social services and to promote a community-based approach in sub-project identification, preparation, implementation, administration and maintenance of community driven development projects funded by the Government of Liberia, the World Bank, SIDA and other donors.
Key Strategies/Approaches of Implementation:

In its implementation of projects, LACE adopts Community Driven Development Approach. LACE works through Local NGOs (Community Facilitators) ,and promotes a Community based approach .

The LACE team mobilizes local authorities, NGO counterparts, Line-ministries and Local communities to collectively participate in identification, preparation, implementation, administration of interventions around the country.

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