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The realities of trying to institutionalize reform in Liberia after 14 years of civil war comes alive in this book, particularly given the capacity constraints the author had to work with – what she describes as the “no money syndrome” coupled with the human and institutional capacity challenges she faced after a prolonged absence of almost 25 years working and living in the Diaspora.
Women’s Leadership in Post Conflict Liberia: My Journey traces former Liberian Minister of Foreign Affairs Olubanke King-Akerele’s professional journey from her service as a young technocrat in the late 1960s through her 24 years of international service, with special attention paid to her public service from 2006-2010. She shares both self-reflection and lessons learned, addressing both the challenges faced during the post-conflict reconstruction of Liberia as well as providing outlined responses to those challenges.
This book is a must-read for all women (and men) who need guidance and mentoring on the challenges, consequences, and sacrifices required to stand up for one’s convictions.