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.

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