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
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.
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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