India-Brazil-South Africa Project on Leadership Development and Institutional Capacity Building in Sierra Leone

What is the project about?


South-South Cooperation has emerged as a new model for promoting development capitalizing on Southern development knowledge, capacities and expertise. The India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) partnership, one of the leading South-South partnerships today, is supporting Sierra Leone in realizing its development aspirations in general and in strengthening the public sector to deliver on its mandate, especially through peer-to-peer learning and knowledge networking within a South-South framework.

The IBSA Project seeks to strengthen the capacity of key central institutions – the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Cabinet Secretariat and the Strategy and Policy Unit in the Office of the President - to implement reforms that promote good governance and improved service delivery. This includes supporting Human Resource planning and management, strategy and policy development, and the implementation and monitoring of delivery. The Project’s overall goal is to ensure these agencies and their senior staff have the capacity for strategic and modern management and decision-making that supports improved service delivery so as to reduce poverty, achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and support human development in Sierra Leone. The Project is expected to:

  • Strengthen the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s capacity by identifying and implementing select recommendations from its management and functional review, especially those linked to enhancing its role in international cooperation.
  • In close consultation with key stakeholders, identify high-impact training programmes focusing on leadership and managerial capacity, targeting senior Ministries, Departments and Agencies staff.
  • Design and implement a capacity development programme for the Cabinet Secretariat to enhance its role in providing technical and operational support services to the Cabinet and monitoring the implementation of the Government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy.
  • Secure technical and operational support to enhance the current Results-Based Management platform to support more robust reporting and performance management, including Human Resources management, across Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

Accomplishments so far

The Project has contributed to the following important results in recent years:

  • Strengthened capacity of Ministers and senior government officials for strategic and modern management and decision-making.
  • Enhanced institutional and functional capacity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation through the establishment of a Planning and Policy Unit, an In‐House Training Unit and an ICT platform.
  • Improved existing Result-Based Management platform, resulting in a greater focus on results and performance management as well as attitudinal change in the public sector.
  • The operational capacity of the Cabinet Secretariat was enhanced through the procurement of office equipment and IT facilities and its participation in a study tour in partnership with Ghana’s Cabinet Secretariat involving knowledge sharing in handling Cabinet business processes. As a result of the tour, the Sierra Leone Cabinet Secretariat committed to update its Manual in 2013 on Cabinet Procedures to streamline policy formulation and implementation.
  • Enhanced technical and advisory functions of the Cabinet Secretariat in supporting Cabinet business processes.

Who finances it?

Year Donor Amount Contributed
2011 IBSA Fund
US$ 281,898
2012 IBSA Fund
US$ 618,625
2013 IBSA Fund US $ 67, 974

Delivery in previous fiscal years

Year Total Delivery
2011 US$ 281,898

US$ 618,625

2013 US $ 69,919
Project Overview
Project start date:
June 16 2011
Estimated end date:
June 17 2013
Geographic coverage:
UN Transitional Joint Vision Programme Cluster:
Cluster 1: Support to Good Governance
Focal point:
Edward Kamara
Head of Governance
Democratic Governance Unit
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Strategy and Policy Unit (Office of the President); Cabinet Secretariat; Human Resources Management Office; Public Sector Reform Unit
Budget N/A
India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Fund