• Justice mobile app to fast-track court cases in Sierra Leone May 22, 2017

    The new mobile app is the first of its kind in Sierra Leone. It will be used at the highest level of the Judiciary including by the Chief Justice to monitor case progress in a speedy and efficient manner

  • From the graveside to the people’s heart: life skills for former burial team members Apr 25, 2017

    At the beginning of the epidemic, public perception of the burial team members was not that welcoming, as they were considered potential transmitters of the virus. In many cases the volunteers were pushed away by their very own communities and family members.

  • District disaster management committees trained to mitigate impact of disasters Apr 11, 2017

    The norm at the Sittia village has been the smoking of fish on large scale for sale in other parts of Sierra Leone. The fish smoking process is normally done through a barbeque over a very large fire. On a hot afternoon in late 2015, the sea and the land breeze clashed with a temperature above the normal average of 27.3 Degree Celsius. Within few hours, the fire ravaged the entire village and gutted down almost 50 houses. All that remained were ashes and thick smoke.

  • Energy-efficient cookstoves for people and planet Dec 2, 2016

    Most households in Sierra Leone use charcoal for cooking. The Cookstove Academy supports small business owners to produce improved stoves that are more energy efficient, and empowers them with skills and knowledge to upscale their businesses.

  • Improving Livelihood and access to basic services in border districts. Nov 21, 2016

    The project will also rehabilitate 95 social amenity structures including drinking water and sanitation facilities, schools and primary healthcare units (PHUs) prioritized by the beneficiary communities. Additionally, the community members will be empowered to lead the planning and implementation of the rehabilitation of the identified social amenity structures. This will provide employment to the members of the beneficiary communities and boost their livelihood.

  • Pit latrine to combat sanitation concern in orphanage Oct 13, 2016

    The orphanage is also home to some children spared by the deadly Ebola virus disease that claimed the lives of their dear parents. Others are children of amputees and war wounded who lost their limbs and hands during Sierra Leone’s decade long civil war that ended in 2002.

  • Freetown youth wind-powered generator wins development innovation award Oct 10, 2016

    Access in most part of city still remains a pipe dream. Communities that have access still suffer from intermittent power cuts. Though the capital Freetown enjoys a substantial access to electricity from the national grid, public electricity services are limited to some selected areas which further exacerbates the poverty situation.

  • Livelihood skills and monthly stipends for Ebola survivors Sep 8, 2016

    Battling Ebola was horrific but more terrifying was the economic hardship after having lost everything. The Kallon family are one of many beneficiaries of a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) initiative that seeks to sustainably restore livelihoods of the Ebola survivors in Kailahun, Kenema, Moyamba, Port Loko, Bombalili, Tonkolili, and Koinadugu districts.

  • Enhancing security coordination and collaboration in combating transnational, organised crime Jun 2, 2016

    To 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.

  • Reducing charcoal use in Sierra Leone Mar 23, 2016

    Thirty three-year-old, Fatmata Cole never imagined she could end up hawking charcoal on the streets of Freetown. Sixteen years ago, Fatmata was a junior secondary school pupil with hopes of a brighter future in Freetown. But instead she dropped out of school and joined her aunt who introduced her to charcoal trading.