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COTAE Welcomes Evaluation Report on Partnership Schools for Liberia

The Coalition for Transparency and Accountability in Education (COTAE) has joined other local and international civil society organizations in welcoming preliminary findings of the ongoing Randomized Control Trial (RCT), an independent evaluation of the Liberian Government’s Partnership Schools for Liberia Program. The research, which is being undertaken by the Center for Innovation and Poverty Action and Center for Global Development, summarizes the performances of private providers contracted by the Ministry of Education to manage schools under the pilot program. In a statement released on Thursday, the group called on the Government of Liberia to re-examine its relationship with Bridge International Academies and revoke its contract, given its poor performance and excesses under the program.

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TI Delegation Presents Land Papers At World Bank


Transparency International, the global coalition against corruption, has submitted papers at the 18th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty.

Held from the 20th to 24th March at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C., the conference brought together more than 1,250 

participants from over 130 countries. Themed “Responsible Land Governance – Towards an Evidence-Based Approach”, the conference sessions were structured into sub-themes including:Research on land governance and rigorous impact evaluations, delivering land administration services at scale, harnessing geospatial data, cloud platforms, and other data technologies; Land and urbanization; Land for infrastructure, investment, disaster risk reduction, and Securing land rights for equity, sustainability, and resilience


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Annual Regional Meeting of TI’s African Chapters Ends in Maputo


African Chapters of Transparency International have met at a regional meeting in Maputo to discuss key issues related effectiveness and sustainability of the TI movement, especially Chapters in Africa. Representatives from Mozambique, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Tunisia and Mauritius attended the one-week conference, which took place from July 11 to 14, 2017. CENTAL’s Executive Director, Mr. Anderson D. Miamen, represented the Liberia and CENTAL. Other participants included TI’s partners and donors, including the African Development Bank, African Rising, and Afro Barometer. Mr. Samuel Kaninda and Paul Banoba represented the Secretariat of Transparency International.


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Press Statement on Political Finance


As the 2017 elections campaign period draws closer, the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) is concerned about the unusual expenditure of political parties on fleets of new vehicles, motorcycles, party offices and dishing of large sums of money to support various projects across the country. This massive show of spending power despite the poor state of the Liberian economy coupled with a limited due-paying culture of supporters and partisans of political parties raises many questions. Are political parties and individuals complying with the National Elections Commission (NEC) Campaign Finance Regulations? Where are the sources of these monies? Are Liberians the sole contributors of these funds? Are foreign contributions or illegal contributions making their way into our elections? We have numerous reasons to be concerned because with the inflow of any illegal contributions, Liberia risks private interests capturing the state and public resources diverted away from the people.

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COTAE Launches Report on Privatisation of Education

The Coalition for Transprency and Accountability in Education, coordinated by the Center for Transparency and Accountabiility in Liberia, on Thursday, March 23, 2017 launched its monitoring report on implementation of the Public Private Patnership Program in Education. Speaking during a press conference held in Monrovia, Mr. Anderson D. Miamen, National Coordinator of the COTAE, expressed deep concerns over issues emanating from the counties resulting from introduction of the PPP program, especially the operation of Bridge International Academies in Grand Basaa, NImba, Bong, Rivercess and other counties.

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