Liberia’s Catch-22


BBC's-Evan-Davis-interviewing-Ellen-Johnson-SirleafAt the end of 2012, Evan Davis wrote a short article for the BBC entitled, Why it is Catch-22 for Liberia’s development hopes. This article does a great job of illuminating why it is so difficult for a country like Liberia to develop quickly.  Due to the multiple infrastructural and institutional deficiencies and because they are beginning from ground zero on so many fronts, it is impossible to see overnight change. It will probably take decades of diligent persistence and hard work to see the complete turnaround of this nation.

Below is a short excerpt from this article. To read the article in it’s entirety please click on the link underneath the excerpt.  Embedded in the full BBC article is a short seven-minute audio interview with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, which Evan Davis conducted for the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

“It all comes down to the many different Catch-22s of development. Let me give you an example of the sort of thing I mean. For industry to settle in a country you first need electricity; for electricity, you need some trained workers; for trained workers, you need some schools; for schools you need some money; for money, you need some industry…. The general point is that Liberia starts from the disadvantage of having multiple disadvantages simultaneously. If we had any one of the country’s problems, we would fix it pretty quickly – if we had no electricity, we would be able to build some up pretty darn fast. If we had no schools, we would rapidly create some.” (The above excerpt was taken from the BBC article entitled Why it is Catch-22 for development hopes by Evan Davis

To read the BBC article in it’s entirety click here

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