n Conflict Trends - Decentralising Liberia's security sector : the role of non-governmental actors in justice and security delivery

Volume 2013, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


This year, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) will start reducing its troop presence, from approximately 8 000 to 3 750. In this context, the government of Liberia, together with the United Nations (UN), is rolling out a network of regional security and justice hubs across the country. The aim is to decentralise security, justice services and personnel to increase citizens' access to justice and avoid the creation of a security vacuum.

The Regional Hub Project was the centrepiece of the Statement of Mutual Commitment, adopted by the Liberian government and the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) as Liberia was placed on the PBC agenda in 2010. In February 2013, the first regional hub was opened in Gbarnga, Bong County, with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) as implementing partners. It is intended as one of five regional security and justice hubs and will serve communities in Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties - an overall population of over one million people. The five hubs are to be strategically and geopolitically situated throughout the country, with each hub servicing three of Liberia's 15 counties.

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