Demographic Data

  • Total Population: 4.397 million
  • Population under 15: 43%
  • Life Expectancy at Birth: 61 years
  • Human Development Index: 177 out of 188
  • World Bank Status: Low income
  • HIV/AIDS Prevalence: 1.2 %
  • Mean Household Composition: 5 persons
  • Female-Headed Households: 35%
  • Early Marriage (% of children married by 18 years): 36%

Sources: World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP HDR 2015, DHS 2013

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UNICEF7 Mar 2018

UNICEF is seeking a Child Protection Specialist in Liberia. 

Mónica Ruiz-Casares, Russell Steele, Rashid Bangura and Geoffrey Oyat - Global Social Welfare16 Aug 2017

This paper presents the findings from a population-based, multi-stage random cluster knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) survey of child caregivers in Liberia, revealing the primary reasons for parent-child separation and common misconceptions about alternative care. 

Rialize Ferreira, Alfred Mutiti - Commonwealth Youth and Development1 Jan 2017

The main focus of this article is on the effects of intrastate war and the reintegration of Liberian child soldiers into their families and former communities.

Becky Smith - Save the Children UK24 May 2016

This post is part of the Better Volunteering Better Care Initiative’s month-long spread of articles aimed at raising awareness around the issues of orphanage volunteering. In this post, the author explains that, around the world, many orphanages are being run, not by government, but by church groups and individuals who start as volunteers. “The institutions are poorly regulated and they’re doing a job that could be done by the children’s families, with the right support,” says Smith.

Family for Every Child25 Apr 2016

Family for Every Child is looking for a short term consultant to produce a desk based research report on the context for children in Liberia and recommend CSOs working in this area. 

Better Care Network11 Nov 2015

This country brief provides an overview of data on children’s living arrangements in Liberia, extracted from the 2013 DHS survey.

USAID (DCOF), CPC Network, Women’s Refugee Commission and FHI3606 Mar 2015


Better Care Network and UNICEF, with support from PEPFAR and USAID1 Mar 2015

This report summarizes the care-reform process of three sub-Saharan African countries – Ghana, Liberia and Rwanda.

ISS 1 Mar 2015

This double edition of the ISS Monthly Review is a brief progress report on the situation of children in need of alternative care or at risk of so being, five years after the Guidelines’ acceptance at the United Nations’ General Assembly.

David K. Evans and Anna Popova - World Bank 1 Feb 2015

This paper combines data on the age distribution of current and projected mortality from Ebola with the fertility distribution of adults in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, to estimate the likely impact of the epidemic on the number of orphans in these three countries.