Our Partners

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PEACEBUILDING COMMISSION REPresentative, AMBASSADOR MCNEE, UNDP COUNTRY DIRECTOR AND UNIDO DIRECTOR GENERAL in Sierra Leone (UNDP/ C. THOMAS)

UNDP's support for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) puts partnerships at the centre of all aspects of our work. The establishment and cultivation of strategic partnerships as a vehicle for helping to empower lives and build resilient nations is critical to UNDP Sierra Leone’s support to the Government of Sierra Leone in achieving its national development priorities. Consequently, UNDP has built strong partnerships with the Government of Sierra Leone, international partners and civil society in order to maximize the overall impact of development assistance and cooperation in the country.

UNDP Sierra Leone’s innovative and results-oriented programming is only made possible by the personal, financial, and professional commitment of its partners. UNDP’s national and international partners are an integral part of the decision-making processes and UNDP works directly with them on all aspects of the development cycle from program and project design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.

The Government of Sierra Leone is UNDP’s most important partner and UNDP is a proud supporter of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies who are taking the lead in building a peaceful and prosperous Sierra Leone. UNDP also works closely with Civil Society Organizations, particularly in the areas of access to justice, poverty reduction and good governance.

We thank all of our development partners for their generosity, commitment and resolve in supporting the consolidation of peace and sustainable development in Sierra Leone.

Below is a list of UNDP Sierra Leone's key partners:

Government of Sierra Leone

  • Office of the President
  • Ministry of Finance and Economic Development
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
  • Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development
  • Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs
  • Ministry of Youth Employment and Sports
  • Ministry of Lands, Country Planning and Environment
  • Ministry of Water Resources
  • Ministry of Energy
  • Parliament
  • Judiciary of Sierra Leone
  • Law Officers Department
  • Justice Sector Coordinating Office
  • Human Resource Management Office
  • Public Service Commission
  • Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone
  • National Electoral Commission
  • Political Parties Registration Commission
  • Sierra Leone Police
  • National Youth Commission
  • Environmental Protection Agency of Sierra Leone
  • Sierra Leone Meteorological Office
  • Office of National Security
  • Local Government Finance Department
  • Bo City Council
  • Makeni City Council
  • Kenema City Council
  • Kenema District Council
  • Moyamba District Council
  • Tonkolili District Council
  • Local Councils Association of Sierra Leone
  • Independent Media Commission

 Bilateral and Multilateral Development Partners

  • UK Department for International Development (DFID)
  • European Commission
  • Irish Aid/Government of Ireland
  • Government of Japan
  • Government of Germany
  • World Bank
  • UN Peacebuilding Fund
  • Canadian International Development Agency
  • Government of Spain
  • India-Brazil-South Africa Trust Fund

Academic Institutions and Civil Society

  • Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone
  • Njala University
  • Northern Polytechnic
  • Eastern Polytechnic
  • National Election Watch
  • Independent Radio Network
  • Cotton Tree News

In the area of Youth Employment and Empowerment, UNDP works with the followin Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to provide business development services for young entrepreneurs and graduate internship opportunities for young graduates:

  • AFFORD
  • Restless Development
  • Advocacy Initiative Development
  • Community Empowerment for Peace and Agricultural Development

In the area of Access to Justice, UNDP works with the following NGOs to provide survivor and court monitoring services, particularly in remote parts of the country:

  • Timap for Justice
  • LAWYERS
  • Sierra Leone Bar Association
  • Cooperazione Internazionale
  • Network Movement for Justice and Development
  • Women Partnership for Justice and Peace
  • Community Action for Human Security Sierra Leone
  • Humanist Watch Sierra Leone – Kenema
  • HOPE Sierra Leone

Through its responsibilities to coordinate efforts to reach its MDG targets, UNDP supports the Government to improve the lives of the people of Sierra Leone through a participatory process of awareness raising, technical support, policy expertise and the coordination and implementation of initiatives that align with the Government’s national development agenda. In addition to its results-oriented development programming, other strengths that UNDP brings into these partnerships are:

  • Convening power
  • Influence on both civil society and the private sector
  • A crucial role in aid coordination seeks to ensure the most effective use of UN and international aid resources

Regular project board meetings, an Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee and annual reviews of UNDP Sierra Leone’s programme ensure that all our partners are engaged and able to evaluate UNDP’s activities and achievements across various sectors.

The funding that UNDP receives from its development partners is channeled directly towards programming that strengthens the capacity of national bodies to manage the peace consolidation and development process.