IREDD Announces Start of Monitoring Government’s Response to COVID-19

Monrovia, June 14, 2020

The Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD), effectively Monday June 15, 2020, will begin monitoring the Government of Liberia’s COVID-19 response plan. Announcing the initiative on Friday June 12, 2020, IREDD’s executive director, Mr. Harold Marvin Aidoo, stated that although humanitarian disasters such Covid-19 outbreak require quick responses, at the same time, lessons learnt from Ebola clearly shows that such response also require corruption safeguards to ensure that public money is well spent. He added that Liberia’s history of corruption underscores the need for adequate spotlight on the Government of Liberia Covid-19 response, particularly on its expenditure to ensure transparency and accountability.

As part of this initiative, IREDD will deploy monitors throughout Montserrado, Margibi and Bong Counties. These monitors will be responsible to assess county-wide COVID-19 health service delivery specifically focused on availability and accessibility of testing centers, the provision of PPEs and hazard pay to frontline health workers and collateral support to maternal and newborn health services in the counties. On Government’s rollout of the Stimulus Package as provided in the Joint Resolution of Legislature endorsing the President’s pronouncement of a State of Emergency, IREDD monitors will assess community-by-community the delivery of electricity and water support; market women and small informal petty traders bank loan program; the domestic debt program and tax policy incentives.

IREDD’s ultimate goal the executive director stated is to; (1) ensure that communities and health services delivery centers receive, in an accountable and transparent manner, promised services as described under the Government of Liberia’s Covid-19 National Response Plans; (2) ensure that national and donor monies are tracked from point of disbursement to the point of service delivery; and, (3) ensure that citizens benefit from the right to be informed about the affairs of their government.

Findings from monitoring activities will be made available to the public in real-time on IREDD’s website and on its Facebook and Twitter social media platforms.

The Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) is a leading research and policy advocacy organization. IREDD has over 15-years of experience as a research organization and has undertaken several grand-breaking monitoring initiatives that placed spotlight on public financial management issues including the first ever independent nationwide monitoring of county development funds implementation and subsequent report in 2017 which lead to former president Sirleaf, calling for an audit in the funds management and reforming the budget and PFM law in 2018.