The Swedish Program for Developing Region (SPIDER), in partnership with Volunteers for Sustainable Development in Africa (VOSEIDA) has launched a program under the banner ” Strengthening Domestic Accountability and Building Empowered Citizenry in Liberia using Information Communication Technology.”
The program will work and ensure government officials and other state actors make available public services data about COVID -19 response funding and other development investment accessible through ICT, including local radio, social media, and an open data web platform.
The project comes in the wake of the Liberian government and partners striving to contain the COVID-19 pandemic; while healthcare systems are struggling to treat patients, as the government and donors are spending millions of dollars buying equipment, supporting workers, providing food aid, and keeping businesses afloat.
The project seeks to address significant casualty which remains the public right to know, despite these efforts.
SPIDER-VOSEIDA Strengthening Domestic Accountability and Building Empowered Citizenry in Liberia using Information Communication Technology project will address the limited accountability, transparency, and access to public information directly relevant to Liberia’s health and well-being, and development initiatives.According to the Implementers, Volunteers for Sustainable Development in Africa (VOSEIDA), the project will combat misinformation proliferation and work with the major actors managing the COVID-19 response to create awareness of the vulnerable population about the pandemic and services available to citizens.
The SPIDER-VOSEIDA Project is at the same time putting its concentrations on adequate accountability issues despite the Government of Liberia efforts to engage the public using local radio stations for such engagements, which according to them has not been sufficiently done.
The project which is sponsored by SPIDER will contribute to Liberia’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) by using technology to better Liberians’ Health and well-being through better information.
This information according to SPIDER and VOSEIDA will encourage ordinary Liberians to build confidence in the national healthcare delivery system and overall governance of the Country, thereby empowering them to seek healthcare when infected with the virus and stop the spread.
Meanwhile, the project supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 (Ensuring healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages).