Our Projects

Inclusive Growth

  • The Local Governance and Economic Development Joint Programme (LGED-JP) seeks to improve the socio-economic well-being of Sierra Leoneans at the local level. Building on the Government of Sierra Leone’s Decentralisation Policy, Local Economic Development (LED) programming supports local wealth creation, increased employment opportunities and improved economic productivity and service delivery.

  • The Private Sector Development Project supports Sierra Leone’s efforts to improve the country's investment climate, generate more foreign and local investment and build Government capacity to enter into sustainable and beneficial Public-Private Partnerships.

  • The Youth Employment and Empowerment Programme (YEEP), initiated in 2011, builds on UNDP’s extensive post-war experience supporting the recovery of Sierra Leone’s youth. It is designed to strengthen national policy, strategy and coordination for youth employment and seeks to provide basic support services for youth across the country, including business development and career advice and guidance.

  • Sierra Leone is a highly aid-dependent country. Foreign funds (grants and loans) as a proportion of recurrent and capital expenditure stood at 41% in 2014 and rose to 51% in 2015 due to EVD inflows. Given the significance of foreign aid for national development, the effective coordination and management of external resources is critical. To address this issue, there was the compelling need to establish a central hub for aid coordination and management in Sierra Leone.

Democratic Governance

  • The Sierra Leone Constitutional Review Project (2013-2015) managed by UNDP and implemented in close cooperation with the Constitutional Review Committee and Office of Attorney General seeks to help build the capacity of the Constitutional Review Committee to expertly lead an inclusive, transparent, participatory and peaceful process of constitutional reform.

  • Support to the Parliament continues to be a key component of the UNDP Governance Portfolio towards sustainable peace and state-building, and notably to support it to more effectively fulfil its oversight function and discourage party division and violence between political parties.

  • Ensuring democratic governance of the security sector on the basis of rule of law is recognized as crucial to securing peace and sustainable development. Despite meaningful progress in Sierra Leone, concerns remain in key areas related to the state institutions and their delivery of security services. These short comings, in turn, have undermined public confidence and perception to safety...

  • The whole project is being implemented through the Media Reform Coordinating group (MRCG), which creates a platform to support Alternative Media Systems in Sierra Leone. This system is a network of community radio stations using creative and innovative programming formats to capture the knowledge and narratives of the rural and urban poor as part of the conversations about social problems affecting them.

  • United Nations Development Programme support to Conflict Prevention and Peace Preservation (CPPP) effectively commenced in July 2014 following the complete closure of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding in Sierra Leone(UNIPSIL), the UNDP continued to strengthening national and local efforts for identifying and resolving tensions and threats of potential conflict, especially over political affiliation, ethnicity, and natural resources to avoid the eruption of violence and assisting the country to achieve its long term development objectives as articulated in the country’s Agenda for Prosperity (2013-2018) and United Nations Development Assistant Framework (UNDAF 2015-2018).

  • The Sentencing and Bail Working Group established in July is the main body tasked with developing the policies and guidelines and comprises the Police, Law Officers Department, Correctional Services, Human Rights Commission, the Bar Association and civil society as well as development partners. The Working Group is headed by the Judiciary with the Chairperson being Justice Browne-Marke, J. S.C.

Environment and Energy

  • The Building the Adaptive Capacity of Water Supply Services to Climate Change in Sierra Leone Project seeks to enhance the abilities of key decision-makers in the public and private sectors involved in water provision to plan for and respond to climate change risks.

  • The Energy Efficient Production and Utilisation of Charcoal through Innovative Technologies and Private Sector Involvement Project seeks to complement the Sierra Leone National Energy Policy and Sierra Leone National Energy Strategic Plan, established by the Government in September 2009, and ensure the provision of and access to modern energy services for improving economic growth, productivity, wealth creation and the quality of life for all Sierra Leoneans.

  • The project on Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems for Climate Resilient Development and Adaptation to Climate Change is part of a regional initiative that includes 11 countries in Africa. The primary problem that the project seeks to address in Sierra Leone is that current climate information (including monitoring) and early warning systems are not functioning sufficiently to support adaptive capacity of local communities and key sectors. This hampers long-term planning, management and early warning activities, and adaptation to climate change impacts.

  • Over 2 million people along coastal areas in Sierra Leone are expected to be at risk from predicted sea level rise. In addition to loss of properties and beaches, the consequences of coastal erosion and sea level rise include population displacements, flooding and saline intrusion, and threats to coastal aquifers, fresh water resources and agricultural water resources, undermining subsistence of local communities

  • The project contributes to addressing several SDGs through its cross-sectoral and holistic approach to reduce poverty and inequality by building capacity for sustainable and inclusive governance of natural resources, productive employment, inclusiveness, and mainstreaming gender equality. The project will also have a positive impact on vulnerable groups most affected by the Ebola crisis.

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