Agribusiness centre boosts youth employment in Sierra LeoneAgriculture should be the mainstay of Sierra Leone’s economy, with the potential to sustainably employ about 75% of the population. However, the lack of a viable agricultural value chain and entrepreneurial activity has kept the sector at a largely subsistence level and failed to slow down efforts to reduce youth unemployment. The Sierra Leone Agri-Business Initiative (SABI) Centre is spearheading efforts to help equip young people to transform the agricultural sector and enhance economic growth.
Disaster response helps build community resilience against perennial floodsSierra Leone’s geographical location, land characteristics, large number of rivers, monsoon climate make the country increasingly susceptible to the impact of climate change and natural disasters and other challenges such as floods, wind storms, landslides, mudslides, wildfires and coastal erosion. Freetown’s mountainous backdrop and long rainy season makes low-lying coastal areas particularly prone to frequent and severe floods, landslides and mudslides. Residents of Moyuba, a slum community in the eastern part of Freetown, are perennial victims of such disasters during the rainy seasons in one of the world’s wettest capital cities.
Saturday Courts Help Tackle Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Sierra LeoneThe prevalence of incidences of SGBV in Sierra Leone presents a serious challenge to the advancement of women’s rights and peace consolidation, and this has been worsened by a perception that the justice system is slow and ineffective. Young girls and women, mainly between the ages of 5 and 17 years, have suffered various forms of abuse including domestic violence, sexual assault, rape and harboring, amongst others.
Sierra Leone: Empowering youth to build lasting peaceWith over 60% of youth out of jobs, Sierra Leone faces one of the highest youth unemployment rates in West Africa a decade after a devastating civil war. Lack of skilled labour paired with a drastically large number of young people excluded from the labour market threaten hard won development gains.
Sustainable land management helps restore livelihoods in Sierra LeoneSevere land degradation, caused by the unsustainable use of forest resources, slash-and-burn farming methods and wildfires that destroy crops has resulted in the loss of productive agricultural areas, low productivity of agricultural land, diminishing food security, the deterioration of water and natural resources, reduced output from forest resources and increased vulnerability to disasters in Sierra Leone. This has negatively impacted on the livelihoods of communities and has also had serious implications for health and nutrition status.
Tackling Youth Unemployment in Sierra Leone: Umaru's StoryYouth unemployment was a major cause of the 11-year civil war in Sierra Leone and remains a serious threat to the peace that is enjoyed in the country today. An estimated 800,000 youths between the ages of 15 and 35 are actively searching for employment. Some of these youths lack skills and education, but it is even more difficult for those with disabilities and only a basic education to compete for the limited jobs that are available.