Since 2018, TKG has worked with Mathematica as the local partner on the Liberia Energy Project. As a background, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) was established in January 2004 as a United States government corporation. MCC’s mission is to reduce poverty by supporting economic growth in developing countries that create and maintain sound policy environments. MCC is designed to support innovative strategies and ensure accountability for measurable results.
On October 2, 2015, MCC signed an agreement with the Government of Liberia to implement the Liberia Compact. The Compact, which entered into force on January 20, 2016, aims to stimulate economic growth and reduce poverty in Liberia through investments in road and electricity infrastructure. Under the Compact, the Energy Project aims to modernize Liberia’s energy network, extend access to electricity, and improve the quality and reliability of the country’s power system through four activities and cross-cutting gender and social inclusion investments. To assess impact, Mathematica has been engaged as the evaluation partner and TKG as the local partner. TKG is tasked with collecting reliable, high-quality qualitative and quantitative data from households, small, medium, and large businesses, and public institutions.
TKG is collecting data from around Greater Monrovia, Bomi, and Kakata. The data collection activities consist of:
• A census/listing of households and small businesses
• A community survey/observation
• Surveys and focus group discussions with sampled households and small businesses
• Surveys and interviews with a separate sample of medium and large businesses and public institutions.
• Interviews with stakeholders from the businesses, local government, the public sector, and independent power producers.