An interview with the Executive Director of Serving Humanity for Empowerment and Development (SHED)
We got a request from a government official in Liberia saying “you need to speak to Mrs. Joyce Queeglay – Pajibo, Executive Director of SHED. She is doing an amazing work.”
And speaking to Mrs. Joyce Queeglay – Pajibo is what we did in this 30-minute-long interview that promises to be insightful.
On the surface, it might seem like we are discussing poultry and corn production. However, what you will get from listening to this interview is how the economics of poultry and corn production serves as a veritable analogous to supply chain resilience, and a strong argument for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement. We discuss how the experience of Ebola in Liberia helped inform SHED’s food security program – its strategy and goal of cutting down Liberia’s egg import dependence from about 90% to 50% in the next 3 years.
Skills development, access to technology and market (creating demand for supply to follow) is a snapshot of this NGO’s strategy, and a model for national development.
Speaking on the importance of having good results from past investments, we discuss fatigue from donors and investors, addressing the question of why the results are not showing or not enough to gain investors’ confidence.
Acknowledging the impact the civil war had on Liberia’s development, we conclude that the emergency relief mindset to development must end, and it is time to build.
The results from SHED’s activities show that Liberia is ready to build, and the country is welcoming investors that want to be part of Liberia’s growth.
Serving Humanity for Empowerment and Development (SHED) is a Liberian NGO working for just and resilient societies. SHED carries on the work done by Finn Church Aid (FCA) since the beginning of the year 2018.
Visit SHED’s website here: https://shedliberiainfo.org/