In Focus: Indiana-Liberia Connections

Ties between Indiana and Liberia run deep. Since the 1930's, Indiana University has been involved in the West African republic, shaping both Liberia and Indiana.  More recently as a result of Liberia's civil conflict, running off and on between 1989 and 2003, the Hoosier state is now home to hundreds of Liberians.  While living here, many of them have been active in supporting the rebuilding of their home nation.  Whether it be a Hoosier law school helping to strengthen legal structures in Liberia, a humble Liberian living in Indiana building a new university back home, or a religious organization supporting students in Liberian schools, Indiana residents have been hard at work supporting Liberians as they rebuild and reshape their country. The following articles demonstrate the impact that private citizens and organizations can have on development.

In addition to these Indiana connections, two articles further explore the role that private foundations can play.  The foundations of former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton have each taken a different approach to promoting development, and each has a number of success stories to share.  As these two foundations show, there is no single path to development; indeed, a variety of solutions offers the chance to compare strategies and see what works and what can be improved.