Local market in Liberia. Photo: www.rescue.org, Emily Holland/The IRC.

Making markets for the poor

In Liberia, a dual economic structure has been underpinned by a discriminatory system and a political patronage that has favoured the elite of the Americo-Liberian community. The majority of the Liberian population has experienced not only poverty but also unequal access to resources and opportunities. This has fuelled resentment and frustration that contributed to the conflict.

NAI researcher Gun Eriksson Skoog is not convinced that Reconstruction Zones is the best solution, instead she argues, could a inclusive market development approach provide both short-term results and structural change. Read complete article at NAI Forum.

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