Sunday, February 24, 2008

Arcelor Mittal Launches New Web-TV Season

Bravo! Episode Number 1
Arcelor Mittal

It's good TV

As we say in Liberia...

Since you are this great pineapple, let's see your juice!

Bless you guys, let's pull this off.

The episode charts the progress of the project in Liberia, which will ultimately create about 3,500 direct jobs in the country through the rehabilitation of iron ore mining in Nimba County as well as operation in Grand Bassa County.

The Liberian video as well as all of our other Web episodes can be viewed at

The episode focusing on Liberia is out there now take a look........


Thursday, February 14, 2008

First Draft of Poverty Reduction Strategy Available Online

First Draft of Poverty Reduction Strategy Available Online
Liberia Government (Monrovia)
NEWS14 February 2008 Posted to the web 14 February 2008

The First Draft of Liberia's Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) is now available for review on the Executive Mansion site ( as well as the Ministry of Finance website (

The cover note from Minister of Finance, Dr. Antoinette Sayeh, offers appreciation to members of Government, the private sector, civil society, donor organizations, and citizens from each of Liberia's 15 political subdivisions for their contributions to the first draft, which is still under review. "It represents a substantial amount of time, effort, and energy by a large number of people. We are very grateful indeed for all of these contributions," noted Minister Sayeh.

The purpose of the first draft is to give all interested persons an opportunity to provide further input to the proposed national development plan for Liberia for the next three years (from April 2008 through June 2011). Government is soliciting feedback until MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18th.
A series of public outreach consultations is scheduled for next week to solicit further input from Liberia-based stakeholders. The PRS will be finalized by the end of March 2008.

Copyright © 2008 Liberia Government.

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Call for Submissions for the SEED Awards 2008

Do you have an entrepreneurial or innovative idea that is locally-driven and has great potential to contribute to sustainable development in developing countries? Are you finding new ways of simultaneously improving incomes and strengthening livelihoods; tackling poverty and marginalisation; and managing and conserving natural resources and ecosystems? Are you developing a new concept that brings together people and organizations from different backgrounds - a project that challenges partners to pool their human, financial, and natural resources?

Do you need support to make your idea a reality, or to help you grow?

If so, then we would like you to tell us about your idea.

The SEED Initiative is seeking submissions for "The 2008 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development". We welcome innovative ideas from any group in a developing country, which is working in partnership with others to generate environmental and social benefits in an entrepreneurial way.

SEED Award Winners receive a tailored package of support services to help them to become established and to increase their impact. This includes access to relevant expertise and technical assistance, meeting new partners and building networks, developing business plans and identifying sources of finance. The Award is not a cash prize - but the services offered have a value of US$25,000.

The call is open until the 16th March 2008.
For further information please see the attached document. More details are also available at <> where you can also find the application form and learn about previous Award Winners.

We look forward to receiving your application and to reading about your ideas.

With best regards
Dr Helen Marquard
Executive Director
The SEED Initiative

For information about the SEED Awards:
Tel: +49 30 8900068 99
For any other queries about the SEED Initiative:
Tel: +44 1420 488 544
The SEED Initiative
- Supporting Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Development
c/o The World Conservation Union (IUCN)
28 Rue Mauverney
Gland CH-1196