The Ministry of Finance Aid Management Unit in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched its New Deal Dashboard (NDD).
The Dashboard is an online tool that displays donor-funded peace building activities across Liberia with the possibility of customizing how the data is organized, generating information on places, projects, regions and types of peace building projects being implemented in Liberia.
Speaking at the launch at the weekend, the Acting Finance Minister Jordan Sulonteh said the NDD is a technological platform that has been established to monitor the Country's peace building initiatives.
Mr. Sulonteh pointed out that these initiatives will be graphically presented to various development partners and stakeholders in order to support decisions on the engagement of peace throughout the Country.
He expressed the hope that with support from partners the sustainability of peace can be realized.
"With a results based approach, the government will continue to engage the peace process with maximum tolerance and freedom of speech" stressed Minister Sulonteh.
On behalf of the UNDP, its Country Director Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen called for the acceleration of efforts to develop a compact for the Country that will help bolster support for the New Deal.
Dr. Kamaluddeen described the launch as an important signal of the commitment of the Government and its partners to implement the New Deal.
"The New Deal will outline the imperatives for operationalization and I am happy to note that this process has already started with a compact consultative note, a conducted fragility assessment and a set of New Deal indicators that could be prioritized" the UNDP Country Director intimated.
Dr. Kamluddeen then turned over a new jeep for use by the Aid Management Unit (AMU) of the New Deal Project as part of efforts aimed at strengthening aid information system in Liberia.
The donation of the vehicle was made possible with funding from the European Union (EU), through the Joint UNDP peace building support office (PBSO).
The New Deal Dashboard draws on data from the Aid Management Platform but adds relevant peace building information.
These peace building activities are aligned with the Peace Building and State Building Goals (SPG) of the New Deal for which Liberia is a pilot country.
Liberia's selection as a pilot country came in 2011 for a project aimed at enhancing the quality and availability of data on donor funding to peace building activities.
The project has been funded by the EU and implemented by the UN Peace Building Support Office and the Liberian Government with support from UNDP.