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Gibi District benefits from forest revenues, expands school to high school
By: Sustainable Development Institute (SDI)
Published: June 30, 2022
Countries: Liberia
Document type: Briefing note
Document ID: 9320
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Gibi District benefits from forest revenues, expands school to high school

A case study of Gibi community in Liberia, showing what communities are able to achieve with sufficient funding. It focuses on the benefits derived from an agreement with the Akewa Group to log in the Beyan Poye Community Forest.

  • This study shows that when communities receive all the benefits owed to them from logging and are able to make informed decisions about how best to use these funds they can effectively execute development projects.
  • In this example, a Palava Hut has been built and a Junior High School is being extended and turned into a High School. This will allow children (especially girls) to be educated within the community and reduce travel costs for parents, thereby contributing to a key aspect of the national development agenda.
  • With lack of government support and companies not sticking to the contract they signed with the communities, the challenge now is to finalize the building of the extension and to find qualified teachers.