Gradual stabilisation after years of civil war
After 14 years of civil war, a democratic election in 2005 marked the start of a process of political and economic stabilisation in Liberia. Nonetheless, the country is still one of the poorest in the world. Its infrastructure was severely damaged in the course of the civil war, and the access to large parts of the country is limited, particularly during the rainy season. The country's agricultural potential remains largely untapped. In view of this situation, the central pillars of the strategy in the fight against poverty are an improvement in the infrastructure, increased agricultural productivity and good governance. In June 2016 Liberia was declared Ebola-free. However, despite strong support given by the international donor community it will take some time until the repercussions of the epidemic on the social and economic development will be completely overcome.