The bottom picture is the ministry of Foreign Affairs. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, the building doubles as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Executive Mansion (5th and 6th floor).
Ministry of Gender visit
Our boss, Minister Davis gets invited to many government functions. He isn't able to attend some, so sometimes he sends people in his office to go on behalf of him. A couple weeks ago, Jennah and I went to hear a discussion on the Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls & Young Women (EPAG) project at the Ministry of Gender and Development. We sat in a room with about 50+ people from various government ministries as well as various local NGOs and international organizations. Two consultants from Denmark had conducted a report on the progress of this project. The project is a collaboration between the Liberian Government, the World Bank, the Government of Denmark, and the Nike Foundation. EPAG seeks to smooth the path of young women to productive employment through job skills training and business development services. It's a pretty extensive 3-year pilot project; there are four NGO training providers aiming to train 2500 young women in nine communities in Liberia. The consultants spoke a lot about coordination challenges among the different programs, and encouraged more collaboration. The second major issue brought up was the reporting across programs. Reporting issues ranged from getting uniformed financial statements turned in on time (from all the programs), to 'how does one measure whether or not a young lady has been empowered?