Digital Liberia and eGovernance Activity
During the Ebola crisis in Liberia, better access to accurate information could have saved thousands of lives. Good communications and dependable and integrated digital systems within the Government of Liberia (GOL) would have been invaluable in aiding the government response.
Under the direction of the USAID Global Development Lab in collaboration with USAID/Liberia, IBI co-implemented the three-and-a-half-year Digital Liberia and eGovernance Activity. The program was intended to build on the momentum started both before and during the Ebola crisis to strengthen the GoL’s capacity to use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to better prevent, detect, and respond to potential future health crises.
IBI assisted GoL to enhance government ICT utilization through a localized problem-driven iterative approach, aligned with existing GOL priorities, policies and strategies and adapted to local realities. Key accomplishments under the contract included support for dramatic expansion of the use of mobile money to pay civil servants; increased ICT utilization at targeted Ministries, Agencies and Commissions (MACs); establishment of a CIO Council; launch of the eLiberia web-portal; introduction of a digital Asset Management System by the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), among others.
Digital Liberia was co-implemented with Chemonics under two separate USAID prime contracts.