UNDP Sierra Leone prepares for SGS2016

As the United Nations General Assembly prepares to host the 2016 Social Good Summit (SGS2016) in New York, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sierra Leone brings together community leaders, academics, youth innovators and grass root activists to chart ways how to use innovation and new...

New project to build risk-informed and resilient health systems

Freetown, July 14: A new project aimed at accelerating risk management in the health sector in three most Ebola-affected countries, has been launched in Freetown, following a three-day inception workshop that ended July 14. Organised by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) with support...

Automatic weather stations to reduce climate change effects.

Freetown, July 15 -The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and in collaboration with the Meteorological Department (MDSL) and Ministry of Water Resources, has last Friday finalized an assessment of weather stations around Sierra Leone.  The...

Women help minimise risk of flooding

When torrential rains hit Sierra Leone last year small businesses like that of 42 year old Rugiatu Daniel were badly affected. The economic and social scars of those monsoon rains have still not healed for Rugiatu, who is the breadwinner of a family of six. “I still haven’t fully recovered from the September 17...

Career advisory services in schools to “catch them young.”

Thomas Vandi, a 14-year old pupil of Lumbebu International School in Kenema is excited about his future. Like many his age, Thomas was drawn to a certain career because of some family influence – one member of the family is in a particular field so they also choose that field. But Thomas thinks it is time to make a...

Livelihood skills and monthly stipends for Ebola survivors

Freetown, 21 June-The United Nations Development Programme and the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs have today jointly signed the Annual Work Plan (AWP) with budget of US$1,436,000 for the Social Rehabilitation and Payment to Ebola Survivors Project....

Peace-building Commission ends visit

The Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations and Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), Ambassador Macharia Kamau, and the Permanent Representative of Canada and Chair of the PBC Country Specific Configuration for Sierra Leone, Ambassador Marc André Blanchard, led a delegation of the PBC...

Enhancing security coordination and collaboration in combating transnational, organised crime.

Freetown, 3 June 2016:  Director of Serious Organized Crimes Unit (SOCU), in the Office of National Security (ONS), Mr. Solomon Caulker, has said that an increase in transnational and organised crime in the border communities poses a major threat to peace and stability in the Mano River countries of Liberia, Guinea...

Commodities booms and busts report- relevance to Sierra Leone

Background A new UN Development Programme (UNDP) report, launched on May 13 2016 in New York, calls on African governments to turn the primary commodity challenge to national wealth and prosperity and has profound relevance to Sierra Leone. The report titled, Primary Commodities Booms and Busts: Emerging...

USD 4.5M post-Ebola public health and livelihoods project in border areas.

Freetown, May 6 2016: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a new Mano River sub-regional post-Ebola medical surveillance and livelihoods initiative in Freetown, after a two-day Inception workshop which ended Friday May 6 at the Bintumani Hotel in Freetown. The Government of Japan funded...

Africa: economic transformation hinges on unlocking potential of cities, says the African Economic Outlook 2016

Lusaka, Zambia, 23 May 2016 - With two-thirds of Africans expected to live in cities by 2050, how Africa urbanises will be critical to the continent’s future growth and development, according to the African Economic Outlook 2016 released today at the African Development Bank Group’s 51st Annual Meetings. Africa’s...

UN police chief ends visit with a call for a broader police-civilian partnership

Freetown, April 14 2016: The Chief of the Standing Police Capacity (SPC) in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Ms. Maria Appelblom, said this week that Sierra Leone has made impressive gains in community policing and called for a broader police–public partnership. Ms. Appelblom, from Sweden,...

Digital Financial Services Diagnostics in West Africa

West Africa - The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have completed the Digital Financial Services (DFS) diagnostics in the three West African fragile states Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, also Least Developed Countries, recovering from the impact of Ebola. In Guinea and...

Developing Bail and Sentencing Instruments for Sierra Leone

Freetown, March 17 2016:  The Honourable Chief Justice Abdulai Hamid Charm has said that the sentencing and bail instruments are “crucial for justice delivery in Sierra Leone” during his welcoming of U.S. Federal District Court Judges Ricardo H. Hinojosa and  Beryl A. Howell.  The two judges from the United States...

Sierra Leone makes steady progress in human development despite Ebola but deep poverty and inequality persist.

Freetown, 10 March 2016 – Minister of State for Finance and Economic Development, Alhaji F.B.L Mansaray has launched the 2015 Global Human Development Report (HDR) titled Work for Human Development in Freetown, Thursday March 10. The report shows that Sierra Leone continues to make steady progress in human...

Joint Communiqué on the Establishment of the Sierra Leone Ebola Recovery Fund (SLERF)

With this National Fund now established, the Government of Sierra Leone is seeking contributions from partners including donors who pledged at UN International Ebola conference, other governments, foundations, the private sector and the public at large. To demonstrate leadership and ownership, the Government of Sierra Leone is contributing US$ 1 million into the Trust Fund.

Bolstering community participation in constitutional review

In total 394 Wards have been reached with 800 community volunteers deployed on Constitutional kiosks to sensitize the public and encourage their participation through the Constitutional Review Committee’s public submission forms. The trained community volunteers assist individuals and groups to fill out submission forms as well as collect completed forms.

Overview: Ebola Response and Recovery

The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa was the worst of its kind in recorded history. Over 11 thousand people died, and over 3,900 were from Sierra Leone. Yet death and suffering are only part of the crisis. The epidemic, and emergency actions to stamp it out, have severely slowed economic growth. Thousands of...

UNDP and Panasonic bring light to vulnerable communities

New York, 15 July 2015 — UNDP and Japanese electronics manufacturer Panasonic Corporation have delivered a second batch of 3,000 solar lanterns to the three countries most affected by the Ebola epidemic. The lamps were distributed during the second week of July, based on the needs of each community.  The solar...

Free media helps beat down Ebola

Freetown, Sierra Leone - Hundreds of hard-to-reach communities now get Ebola advice and independent news, through a new satellite link from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) that boosts the reach of Sierra Leone’s sole, free radio network. The Independent Radio Network (IRN), with its 51 community...