From 1989-2003 civil war raged in Liberia, which, per capita GDP, an unprecedented 90 percent drop from the peak to trough. The roots of the conflict in Liberia and the economic decline are complex and intertwined, rests on more than a century of discriminatory elite rule and twisted by ethnic politics during a military dictatorship. By the end of 2011, eight years after the conflict government have restored basic order, re-opened the country to foreign investors and jump-started the small business. But the country ‘… Read more »

From 1989-2003 civil war raged in Liberia, which, per capita GDP, an unprecedented 90 percent drop from the peak to trough. The roots of the conflict in Liberia and the economic decline are complex and intertwined, rests on more than a century of discriminatory elite rule and twisted by ethnic politics during a military dictatorship. By the end of 2011, eight years after the conflict government have restored basic order, re-opened the country to foreign investors and jump-started the small business. But the country’s business model can unsettle its political stability. As Africa’s first democratically elected female head of state and Nobel Peace Prize Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is in their re-election campaign, they must decide how to keep the country on its fragile but speedy recovery, the seeds of peace and prosperity instead of renewed conflict.
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Eric improvement,
Jasmina Beganovic
Source: Harvard Business School
17 pages.
Release Date: 8 September 2011. Prod #: 712011-PDF-ENG
Liberia HBR case solution

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