Liberia – Rubber wood for sustainability, job creation and economic growth

Liberia – Rubber wood for sustainability, job creation and economic growth


The West African nation of Liberia is the eighth poorest country in the world the Ebola outbreak seriously affected their path to recovery and left long-lasting emotional scars more than half of the population lives below the poverty line and over 80% of Liberia’s youth can’t find secure employment Youth that will determine the future of Liberia’s economy lack employment due to their low education and lack of vocational and technical skills Liberia’s industries are underdeveloped most still using rudimentary tools and operating in informal markets Liberia’s private sector looks to technology and capacity building as the way to a better future UNIDO has been operating in Liberia since 2012 in an inclusive and sustainable industrial developments together with the government of Japan UNIDO is promoting social stability and providing technical and vocational training for vulnerable people in industries like carpentry, heavy equipment operation, and maintenance as well as entrepreneurship UNIDO training philosophy is learn-by-doing beneficiaries are trained in the practical use of power tools, workshop safety, maintenance, basic economics as well as more innovative and creative carpentry techniques Trainees are practicing with locally sourced rubber wood, an eco-friendly alternative to tropical woods By improving the quality of the product they become more competitive on the open market The use of rubber wood sourced from rubber plantations is sustainable and helps to mitigate the deforestation of tropical rain forest in Liberia by partnering with vocational institutions local private sectors and transnational corporations UNIDO’s intervention improves institutional knowledge and skills transfer far beyond the duration of the project All of UNIDO’s projects also pay particular attention to gender equality, ensuring gender balanced training and decision-making processes UNIDO intervention aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals in particular goal eight: Decent work and Economic Growth as well as goal nine: industry innovation and infrastructure UNIDO’s training program has shown increased motivation among beneficiaries who are now successfully applying newly acquired techniques and skills to their own businesses further business to business partnerships and engagement with a responsible private sector will increase job opportunities and build a stronger and more diverse economy in the region

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