Liberia Governance and Economic Management Support Program (GEMS)
Client: USAID and the Government of Liberia
Years: 2011 - 2016
The GEMS Project was a five year, $50 million program to strengthen public sector capacity in Liberia. GEMS was a follow on to the highly successful Governance and Economic Management Assistance Program (GEMAP) in Liberia that IBI implemented for USAID between 2006 and 2010, a program featured in World Development Report 2011 as an example of successful post-conflict recovery.
GEMS built on the systematic and institutional advances achieved in fiscal and financial management under GEMAP by working with Government of Liberia institutions to build human and institutional capacity in financial, organizational, and performance management. Specifically, the program worked with key ministries, agencies, and state-owned enterprises of Liberia to build management capacity, implement a comprehensive civil servant training initiative, strengthen the government’s capacity to manage natural resource concessions, facilitate the implementation of the government’s national ICT policy, and enable the Central Bank of Liberia to operate a modern national payment system.