EU Breaks Down €30 Million Project Donor Fund

first_imgThe European Union (EU), one of Liberia’s major donor partners, has disclosed that it is considering some strategies to employ in the use of the recently donated €30 million Euros in order to have the needed impact on communities and people for whom it is intended. The donated amount was recently announced for Liberia to support the Cocoa and Fishery sectors.In an interview with the Daily Observer on Friday, January 13, Alberto Menghini, Head of Cooperation Section-Resilience, EU Delegation to Liberia, underscored solicitation of views of beneficial groups as one of the strategies.According to Mr. Menghini, they have over the time realized that community ownership is absent in the implementation of projects in Liberia, something they believe needs to change so that beneficiaries will have full participation.He said the EU implements its projects through non-governmental organizations including ZOA, BRAC, APDRA, among others, and they have been doing fairly well over the period.Nevertheless, the EU Head of Cooperation-Resilience indicated that perhaps due to poor project design and incapacitated institution, they are unable to meet their set goals.He said EU considers the €30 million Euro project as an emergency, emphasizing that despite many supports that have come to Liberia, many Liberians still “go to bed without food on their table.”Menghini also indicated that realizing their goals and objective for the €30 million will require close supervision by the EU.This aspect, he said, will require him and others to go into the field where projects are implemented to directly interact with beneficiaries so as to establish whether or not they are receiving the needed impact.Furthermore, Menghini said they have now decided to liaise with the media organize excursions into the field to interview beneficiaries on the impacts of projects. This way, he suggested, journalists would be able to find out whether or not beneficiaries are participating in the project.He said while the EU is not afraid of criticism, they want journalists to clearly and honestly establish facts about the impacts of EU’s projects on communities so that the general public will develop informed opinions. He added that they also intend breaking down their activities into simple communication terms to help the public understand what they do.Based on this communication concept, Mr. Menghini said they have set up a Facebook page where activities of EU will be published and people will be welcome to engage and comment.The EU official mentioned land rights, bad roads and “petty corruption” as problems they have noticed as constraints they faced in implementing agricultural projects in the country.With land, he said when communities and individuals are entitled to it and are free to make available portion by their discretion, projects will forge ahead and the impacts will be felt.He lauded the Liberian government for work done to connect parts of the country by road, but said there are still challenges faced as to how farmers get their goods from the farm to market.Corruption, according to him, is done when commercial drivers are compelled to pay illegal fees to police and immigration officers at checkpoints.He said when this is done; drivers in turn levy high costs of transportation fares on farmers which adversely affect consumers in terms of prices of commodities. While still in the position to support Liberia in its socio-economic drive, the EU Cooperation Section head, however, emphasized that the “dependency syndrome” remains a worrisome situation in Liberia.He said “I would like to hear Liberians asking partners what do you want us to do instead of telling them (partners) we want you do this for us. International support cannot serve as engine for the development drive of Liberia, but Liberians should be able to drive their own development.”Meanwhile, of the €30 million Euros announced by the EU, €7 million will go to Fisheries while €8.5 million is allotted for cocoa. Menghini said the cocoa industry has a huge commercial potential that investing therein will empower farmers to yield fruits of their labor.According to him the €7 million Euros to the Fishery sector will be used to help organize the Bureau of Fisheries and to also foster legal formality that will support licensing of fishing vessels in Liberia’s territorial waters.€2 million of the €30 million will go to the Ministry of Agriculture for support to that arm of government while the remaining €12 million will go to selected communities.Mr. Menghini said benefiting communities will decide what to be done with the €12 million and in line with their decision, EU and partners will use it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Alexis Sanchez scores, sees red as Inter stay top

first_img0Shares0000Alexis Sanchez arrived from Manchester United on a season-long loan in August © AFP / Miguel MEDINAMILAN, Italy, Sep 28 – Alexis Sanchez scored and was sent off in an eventful first Inter Milan start as his new club maintained their perfect start to the season with a 3-1 win at Sampdoria to stay top of Serie A ahead of champions Juventus, who eased past SPAL 2-0.Manchester United flop Sanchez moved to Italy on a season-long loan deal after failing to live up to expectations at Old Trafford and the Chilean international made a big impact in Genoa, deflecting in Stefano Sensi’s long-range opener after 20 minutes and tapping in another Sensi cross two minutes later. However the 30-year-old was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for diving just after the break, leaving his side to play the entire second half a man down and wobbling after Jakub Jankto pulled one back in the 55th minute.But Roberto Gagliardini slotted in the third goal just after an hour to give Antonio Conte’s side a huge boost days before their trip to Barcelona in the Champions League.“A situation arose that could have killed anyone, but not us, not these lads,” said former Chelsea manager Conte.“We were exceptional to hold out, we were even able to balance the situation from the bench with changes for the battle.“Now we have to recover and prepare for Barcelona. It’s a valuable experience and can help us to mature.”Inter have a maximum 18 points from six games — two ahead of Juve — after winning their first six league matches for the first time since the 1966-67 season, with the pair set for a top-of-the-table clash at the San Siro next weekend.“Juventus have won eight Serie A titles in a row, and are a solid team,” said Conte, who coached Juve to the first three titles in the series.“We are glad to go into the head-to-head with 18 points.”Samp meanwhile are rock-bottom with three points after a dreadful start under Eusebio Di Francesco, level with SPAL following their defeat at the hands of Juve.Cristiano Ronaldo notched up his third consecutive goal at home this season after 78 minutes to add to Miralem Pjanic’s opener just before the break.Ronaldo was rested for the midweek win over Brescia as a precaution with a slight muscular problem ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen in Turin.“Inter? I haven’t watched them play yet this season,” said Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri.“I’ve read they’re doing well, but I had no doubts considering who their coach is. For now our thoughts are just on the Champions League match against Leverkusen.”– Buffon sets new record –Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon made his 903rd club football appearance, surpassing Paolo Maldini. © AFP / Andreas SOLAROJuventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was unworried by SPAL as the 41-year-old made his 903rd club football appearance, surpassing the Italian record of 902 achieved by AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini.The damage could have been worse at the other end but for some fine saves from SPAL’s Albanian goalkeeper Etrit Berisha.Berisha, on-loan from Atalanta, stopped Paulo Dybala’s curling goal-bound effort just after half an hour, and then parried a point-blank Aaron Ramey header from a Ronaldo cross in front of goal.Pjanic had a shot cleared off the line before connecting with a Sami Khedira assist to fire in from a distance for his second goal of the season after the winner at Brescia on Tuesday.Dybala set up Ronaldo for the second with the Portuguese star’s downward header beating Berisha, after he had been frustrated in two earlier efforts.Berisha again proved solid as he denied Ronaldo in the hosts’ final attack of the game, as the side from Emilia Romagna fell to their fifth defeat in six games.Third-placed Atalanta travel to mid-table Sassuolo later Saturday before their first ever Champions League home game against Shaktar Donetsk midweek.Last year’s runners-up Napoli host Mario Balotelli’s Brescia on Sunday desperate for a win after their surprise midweek home reversal at the hands of Cagliari.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more