About Liberia

Liberia is a vibrant, West African country on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.

Since the end of the civil war in 2003 the country has been slowly but surely putting itself on the road to recovery.  In 2006 it elected the first female African Leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

In the current climate of increasing optimism businesses are beginning to return to Liberia, bringing with them much needed investment and jobs.  President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is tackling corruption and poverty while building support from the international donor community as well as increasing private investment.

There’s still a lot to be done and philanthropists like you can play a critical role in the country’s development and ambitious goal to become a middle -income country by 2030. We believe that with unwavering support of the international donor community Liberia can grow into an African success story for the 21st Century.

We invite you to visit Liberia and let us organize your Philanthropists Visit  to Liberia. 

Here are a few facts and figures about Liberia. For more information please visit the Learn page. 

GEOGRAPHY

Liberia is located in West Africa between Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. It is slightly larger than the state of Ohio, USA. 

The capital city is Monrovia  (est. 1,000,000).

Principal towns are: Buchanan (est. 300,000), Ganta (est. 290,000), Gbarnga (est.150,000), Kakata (est. 100,000) and Harbel (est. 136,000). 

The country has tropical, hot, humid dry winters (known as dry season) and wet, cloudy summers with frequent heavy showers (known as rainy season).

Liberia houses 40% of West Africa’s rainforest.

It has mangrove swamps and lagoons along the beach coast, wooded hills and shrub lands along the immediate interior, as well as dense tropical forests and plateaus in the interior.  The landscape is mostly flat to rolling coastal plains and rising to rolling plateau and low mountains in the northeast. 

Liberia’s natural resources include iron ore, timber, diamonds, gold and hydropower.
 
CULTURE & PEOPLE

Liberia is a relatively small country with a 3.8 million population. 

Life expectancy for the average Liberian is just 57 years. 

The country faces significant challenges concerning maternal mortality (990 deaths/100,000 live births), infant mortality (74.52 deaths/1,000 live births), HIV/AIDS (37,000), literacy (57.5%) and unemployment (87%) amongst other concerns.

Most of the nation’s population works in agriculture (70%). Agricultural products include rubber, coffee, cocoa, rice, cassava (tapioca), palm oil, sugarcane, bananas, sheep, goats and timber. The nation’s GDP (per capita) is $500 USD.

English is the official language of Liberia and there are at least 16 indigenous languages, few of which can be written. 

85% of Liberians identify as Christians while 12% identify as Muslims. Liberia’s ethnic groups are as follows; Kpelle (20.3%) Bassa (11.4%) Grebo (10%) Gio (8%), Mano (7.9%), Kru (6%), Lorma (5.1%), Americo- Liberian (5%), Kissi (4.8%), Gola (4.4%) and Vai (2%)
 
GOVERNMENT & ECONOMY

The people of the Republic of Liberia elected the first female African president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, on January 16, 2006. 

Liberia has 15 counties; Bomi, Bong, Gbarpolu, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, Lofa, Margibi, Maryland, Montserrado, Nimba, River Cess, River Gee and Sinoe. The nation’s independence day is July 26, 1847.

The Legal System is a mix of common law (based on Anglo-American law) and customary law. Liberia has a bicameral legislature consisting of 66 representatives and 30 senators. Historically, the executive branch heavily influences the legislature and judicial systems. There are also traditional courts and lay courts in the counties. Locally, political power emanates from traditional chiefs (town, clan, or paramount chiefs), mayors, and district commissioners. Mayors and Superintendents appointed by the president govern the cities and counties.