6 Develop a global partnership for development

Where we are?


ROUND TABLE CONFERENCE TO MARK 100 DAYS OF ACTION APRIL 12 2013 L-R MOHAMED ABCHIR DEPUTY COUNTRY DIRECTOR (P), AMBASSADOR DAUDA KAMARA ADVISER TO THE PRESIDENT, JENS ANDERS TOYBERG-FRANDZEN ERSG AND KAIFALA MARAH MINISTER OF FINANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (UNDP/ C. THOMAS)

Millennium Development Goal 8 is the commitment of developed countries to provide assistance to the developing world measured in terms of aid flows, trade and debt relief. Developing countries for their part are expected to reciprocate with a deep commitment to effective aid management, good governance and sustainable development and poverty reduction.

This goal, while a global one, may be met locally with sustained effort. Sierra Leone enjoys strong support and partnership from the international community, with ODA levels remaining stable at around US$ 80 per capita in 2010. Development partners endorsed the Government’s Agenda for Change (2008-2012), andpartner support strategies such as the UN Joint Vision and African Development Bank/World Bank Joint Assistance Strategy are fully aligned the national development agenda. Currently, UNDP is providing technical assistance to the government in its formulation of the third-generation Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), the Agenda for Prosperity. The PRSP III covers 2013-2017 and marks the beginning of major transformative development strategies and policies that will support the realization of the country’s vision of being a Middle-Income Country within the next 25 years and net lender within 50 years.

A new Aid Policy was approved by Government in 2009 and endorsed by all development partners. However, some challenges remain, especially in the predictability of disbursements and alignment of assistance with the Government’s priorities and budget. It is expected that with improved data capturing of development assistance flows to Sierra Leone by the Development Assistance Coordination Office (DACO) in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, tracking data on development assistance will improve. Achievement of MDG targets for Goal 8 requires a focus on the following:

  • Enhancing effective aid coordination practices.
  • Increasing the utilization of opportunities provided by the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) and other regional organizations.
  • Enhancing effective negotiation of national and international contracts.

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1.27 years
remaining
until 2015

1990 2015
Targets for MDG8
  1. Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system
    • Developing countries gain greater access to the markets of developed countries
    • Least developed countries benefit most from tariff reductions, especially on their agricultural products
  2. Address the special needs of least developed countries
    • Net Official development assistance (ODA), total and to the least developed countries, as percentage of OECD/DAC donors' gross national income
    • Proportion of total bilateral, sector-allocable ODA of OECD/DAC donors to basic social services (basic education, primary health care, nutrition, safe water and sanitation)
    • Proportion of bilateral official development assistance of OECD/DAC donors that is untied
    • Market access
    • Debt sustainability
  3. Address the special needs of landlocked developing countries and small island developing States
    • Official development assistance (ODA) received in landlocked developing countries as a proportion of their gross national income
    • ODA received in small island developing States as a proportion of their gross national incomes
    • Proportion of bilateral official development assistance of OECD/DAC donors that is untied
    • Market access
    • Debt sustainability
  4. Deal comprehensively with the debt problems of developing countries
    • Total number of countries that have reached their HIPC decision points and number that have reached their HIPC completion points (cumulative)
    • Debt relief committed under HIPC and MDRI Initiatives
    • Debt service as a percentage of exports of goods and services
  5. In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries
    • Proportion of population with access to affordable essential drugs on a sustainable basis
  6. In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications
    • Telephone lines per 100 population
    • Cellular subscribers per 100 population
    • Internet users per 100 population