Natty B. Davis
Minister of State Without Portfolio, Liberia
Focus: Decentralization, Balancing the Central and Local
Interviewer(s): Graeme Blair
Country of Reform: Liberia
Location: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Monrovia, Liberia
Date: Thu Jul 23 2009
Natty B. Davis explains the role of the Liberia Reconstruction and Development Committee in Liberia. He discusses the significance of having a coordination management framework, which brings key players from the government and the international donor community into a forum that fosters communication and improves coordination. The aim is to set clear objectives and to offer guidance to the parties involved on the government’s priorities as the country attempts to move from the emergency state to recovery, reconstruction, and development. He also discusses the Poverty Reduction Strategy as a part of the development agenda and its guiding principles of peace and security, economic revitalization, governance in the rule of law, infrastructure and basic services. He elaborates on the civil service reform and the human capacity development strategy. In addition, he discusses the government’s efforts at decentralization. He explains how the government has worked with the United Nations Mission in Liberia, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and other partners on projects involving health, education, agriculture and other matters.
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Natty Davis Interview
At the time of this interview, Natty B. Davis was the Minister of State Without Portfolio of Liberia. Previously, he served as the head of the secretariat and the national coordinator of the Liberia Reconstruction and Development Committee. He was involved in donor coordination and the implementation of Liberia’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy. Davis also worked as the Deputy Minister of Commerce and as the coordinator of the Ministry of Finance’s Economic Financial Management Committee. He also worked in the private sector.