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  • automatic-weather-stations-to-reduce-climate-change-effects-Jul 15, 2016Sierra Leone has been very prone to disastrous weather conditions, as there has been very limited weather monitoring systems in place to record the effects of changing climates. This has led to the destruction of lives and properties. Presently Sierra Leone rates amongst three countries most prone flooding.

  • New project to build risk-informed and resilient health systems.Jul 14, 2016The workshop also included the training of 35 health sector and disaster management specialists drawn from Sierra Leone Police, National Fire Force, MOHS, ONS, Sierra Leone Red Cross and others in data collection, validation and processing

  • Women help minimise risk of floodingJul 5, 2016Torrential rains have been a part of Sierra Leone´s climate for as long as anyone can remember, but due to high levels of deforestation, erosion, lack of waste management, and possibly the impacts of climate change they caused much more damage than in previous years. Slums flooded, people were forced to leave their homes and diseases followed in the footsteps of stagnant water.

  • Livelihood skills and monthly stipends for Ebola survivorsJun 21, 2016This UNDP and UN Women joint project, which targets 2,500 survivors (focused on women and children), will be implemented in the hardest-hit districts in Sierra Leone. The project board consists of representatives from UNDP, UNWOMEN, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA) and the Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors (SLAES). The board provides strategic direction and project oversight.

  • Peace-building Commission ends visitJun 15, 2016The PBC Chairs reassured Sierra Leone of its commitment to continue its engagement in the country through the 2018 elections, recognizing that free and fair elections and a peaceful transfer of power will be an important milestone in Sierra Leone’s continued efforts in consolidating peace and democracy.

  • Career advisory services in schools to “catch them young.”Jun 13, 2016Whilst the project is implemented by the Ministry of Youth Affairs through the National Youth Commission, technical, financial and logistical support is from the United Nations Development Programme. The objective of the CAPS is to help students sharpen their strengths and think about career paths early on in life in order to better compete for jobs.

  • Enhancing security coordination and collaboration in combating transnational, organised crimeJun 2, 2016To strengthen collaboration and coordination among various security agencies operating at the borders, UNDP supported the ONS in a week-long training series (May 23- May 27) for about 90 border security operatives at the land border cross points. The trainings targeted Koindu in East bordering Guinea, Jendema in South bordering Liberia and Gbalamuya in the North bordering Guinea aimed at strengthening collaboration between various security units initially through measures to prevent transnational and organised crime in these hard-to-reach border communities.

  • Commodities booms and busts report- relevance to Sierra LeoneMay 30, 2016The report titled, Primary Commodities Booms and Busts: Emerging Lessons from Sub-Saharan Africa was launched in New York by UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa Director and Assistant Administrator, Mr. Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, together with African Group of Ambassadors-under the auspices of the African Union Commission, the UN Agencies and development partners.

  • Africa: economic transformation hinges on unlocking potential of cities, says the African Economic Outlook 2016May 23, 2016According to the authors, lack of urban planning leads to costly urban sprawl. In Accra, Ghana, for example, the population nearly doubled between 1991 and 2000, increasing from 1.3 million to 2.5 million inhabitants - a rise of 92%- at an average annual growth rate of 7.2%. Consequently, the ratio of population to total built up area decreased from 132 inhabitants/ha to 90 inhabitants/ha at an average annual rate of 4.6%, much higher than the global average of 2.1% during the same period.

  • Disaster management committees to prevent and respond to local disastersMay 18, 2016With support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the training workshops and consultations led to the re-activation and in some cases formation of DDMCs in all 14 districts. The Committees inter alia, are responsible for identifying, preventing and mitigating local disasters. The DDMCs will also engage in communicating risks of disasters at the national level.