Democratic Governance

Promoting democracy and strengthening good governance are central to the transition from recovery to long-term development. A population’s access to justice remains another fundamental building block of a democratic society and contributes to the consolidation of peace in a post-conflict society. UNDP supports a more accountable and efficient government, together with a public sector that delivers quality service, while advocating for reform and institutional capacity development in Sierra Leone.

Our Goals

As Sierra Leone’s focus has shifted towards peace consolidation and long-term development, UNDP’s democratic governance interventions have aligned to critical support to capacity development at the leadership level in order to drive the delivery of essential public services while promoting institutional reform. UNDP supports the Government of Sierra Leone in strengthening institutions and processes that are more responsive to the needs of ordinary citizens, including the poor, and that promote sustainable development. This assistance centres on promoting peaceful, inclusive and credible electoral processes, increasing access to justice, particularly for marginalized groups, establishing a leaner, performance-oriented civil service, enhancing the operations of key democratic institutions and ensuring that HIV/AIDS and gender considerations are mainstreamed into national planning and development processes. more

Democratic Governance

Polling staff educate voters on steps in the voting process on election day in Lunsar, Sierra Leone (UNDP/B. Krijgsman)

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Projects and Initiatives

Improving the Rule of Law and Access to Justice Programme

The Access to Justice Programme builds the capacity of national institutions through the training of Police Prosecutors, Family Support Unit of the Sierra Leone Police and members of the Judiciary. In addition, the Programme involves the development and delivery of knowledge products, community outreach and legal awareness programmes, support to advocacy for law reform and the provision of support services to victims of sexual violence. more

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Featured Publication
Family Support Unit Guidelines on SGBV Case Management: A Reference Handbook for the FSU

The Guidelines were developed to enhance the capacity of the Family Support Unit (FSU) of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) to investigate and prosecute Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) related offences. Building on the FSU Training Manual (2008), the Guidelines provide a user friendly tool to guide FSU staff on how to bring SGBV cases to trial, ensure effective prosecution and support the victim throughout the process in order to build the confidence of victims and witnesses in the justice system.

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