The report highlights progress and challenges associated with the enactment of a decentralization framework in rural Liberia.
It revealed that some counties are far progressing and exhibiting semblances of decentralization, while others are struggling in the middle with the rest of them lagging behind.
The report did not name the counties in the categories outlined, but said, “This represents the high and low point of all actors working on a decentralized Liberia.”
It coincides with the dedication and ground-breaking for the construction of several County Service Centers in Grand Bassa, Rivercess, Margibi, Bong Nimba, Grand Kru, and Gbarpolu counties.
Addressing the launching ceremony, CEMESP Executive Director Malcolm W. Joseph said the report is a reflection of Monthly Decentralization Observatory updates conducted from July 2014 to December 2015.
He added that the tracking tool included both qualitative and quantitative data obtained from the three clusters of the country.
Joseph indicated that the monitors in the County Specific Preparedness Report also talked with contractors, listened to community radio stations, monitored development programs and news on social and county development funds.
According to Joseph, the report also highlights the important role community radio stations continue to play, especially when profiling information sharing on county and social development funds.
“It is important that various authorities find interest in this study for it is telling us where the various counties are standing with or without the formative decentralization political configuration,” the report noted.
It also stressed the need to strengthen those counties that are weak for decentralization and continue to support those that are doing relatively better.