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  • 12 Mar 2015
    West African economies feeling ripple effects of Ebola, says UN.

    According to the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), West Africa as a whole may lose an average of at least US$3.6 billion per year between 2014 and 2017, due to a decrease in trade, closing of borders, flight cancellations and reduced Foreign Direct Investment and tourism activity, fuelled by stigma.

  • 19 Feb 2015
    UNDP Chief vows to stand with Sierra Leone

    Helen Clark, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) wrapped up her three-day trip to Sierra Leone on Wednesday. During her time in Freetown, Ms Clark met with His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma to discuss the last push to get to zero Ebola cases and UNDP’s role in that fight during the transition into the recovery period.

  • 19 Feb 2015
    Moving to zero cases must still be top priority in Ebola-affected countries

    At the end of a seven-day visit to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three epicenter countries of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said that moving to zero cases of the disease must remain the top priority response to the outbreak.

  • 16 Feb 2015
    UNDP Chief arrives in Sierra Leone for a three-day visit

    Helen Clark, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) arrives in Freetown Monday 16 February for a three-day visit. Her visit to Sierra Leone comes in part of a one-week call on the three most-affected countries by the Ebola virus disease: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Administrator kicked off her visit to Sierra Leone this evening. Over the next few days, she will meet with His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma, as well as Ebola survivors, people living with disabilities and communities who have endured the Ebola crisis. She will also visit UNDP’s Ebola response projects in the country.

  • 28 Jan 2015
    Innovative payment technology for Ebola response workers launched

    The Government of Sierra Leone through the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) has this week launched a national exercise to implement the revised Hazard Policy aimed at re-classifying Ebola Response Workers (ERWs) based on real risks and further ensuring fiduciary sustainability and compliance.

  • 20 Jan 2015
    UNDP-led mission marks shift to recovery in Ebola affected West Africa

    A United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-led mission to pinpoint critical areas of support needed to help the nations most affected by Ebola start their recoveries concluded on Tuesday in Sierra Leone. While the main aim for the governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and the international community remains ending the epidemic, the mission marks the start of a shift towards recovery and longer term support as case numbers and deaths drop across the region.

  • 15 Jan 2015
    An inter-agency mission kicks off Ebola Recovery Assessment in Sierra Leone

    An inter-agency team has begun an Ebola Recovery Assessment (ERA) mission in Sierra Leone as part of international efforts to partner with Governments to address the impacts of the EVD crisis in the affected countries.

  • 01 Dec 2014
    Payment of Ebola workers essential for successful response and recovery, says UNDP

    To strengthen the battle against Ebola, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working with the authorities in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to coordinate payments for thousands of treatment centre staff, lab technicians, contacts tracers and burial teams.

  • 25 Nov 2014
    2000 security personnel trained on new procedures for Ebola quarantines

    To contribute to the halt of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone, the Office of National Security (ONS), with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has facilitated the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the correct management of quarantined areas and health-related checkpoints. The development of the SOPs was a consultative process engaging key stakeholders including the Sierra Leone Police, The Sierra Leone Armed Forces, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone and civil society

  • 14 Nov 2014
    Red flags raised as Ebola set to reverse development gains – UN study finds

    Sierra Leone must be braced for the social and economic shock resulting from the Ebola crisis, according to a new study co-sponsored by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the World Bank, the African Development Bank, and the International Monetary Fund.

  • 03 Nov 2014
    Ebola crisis draining development budgets in West Africa, study finds

    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is impairing the ability of governments to raise revenues, increasing their exposure to domestic and foreign debts and may make them more dependent on aid, according to the latest study on the socio-economic impact of the crisis carried out by the UN development agency.

  • 13 Oct 2014
    UNDP calls for greater community involvement to combat Ebola in West Africa

    Local associations hold the key to beating Ebola in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, said UN development officials as they completed their visit to Freetown.

  • 25 Sep 2014
    Ebola campaign in deprived communities reaches over half a million people.

    While a successful three-day national stay at home Ebola campaign in which 80% of households were reached has ended, an intensive door-to-door Ebola campaign continues in Freetown. Initiated and led by the Disaster Management Department (DMD) in the Office of National Security, with support from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the campaign focuses on the most densely populated and deprived communities in Freetown and had started before the three days stay-at-home national campaign

  • 23 Sep 2014
    High-level meeting on response to Ebola

    The Secretary-General will convene a High-level Meeting on Response to the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak on Thursday, 25 September 2014, at 11 a.m.

  • 18 Aug 2014
    UN launches $18m additional appeal for Ebola response

    The United Nations in Sierra Leone has said today that an additional $18 million is needed to bolster the Government of Sierra Leone’s efforts in halting the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The disease has now spread to 12 of 13 districts in the country with a cumulative total of more than 800 EVD cases and 350 deaths.

  • 25 Jul 2014
    Sierra Leone moves one place up the human development index but inequality and multidimensional poverty still very high

    Sierra Leone has moved one place up in the latest Human Development Report from 184th to 183rd, a marginal increase but the highest increase among the Mano River Union (MRU) and G7+ countries but multidimensional poverty and inequality is among the highest in the world despite recent high economic growth according to the latest report launched in Tokyo and later in Freetown last week. The report states that while income poverty is 52.9%, 72.7% of Sierra Leoneans are multidimensional poor, among the highest in the world and comes amidst the potentially devastating Ebola health shock.

  • 24 Jul 2014
    2014 Human Development Report

    “Africa is enjoying higher levels of economic growth and well-being, but insecurity, as well as natural or human-induced disasters, persists in some parts of the region,” said Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, the Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa. “Withstanding crises and protecting the most vulnerable, who are the most affected, are key to ensuring development progress is sustainable and inclusive.”

  • 02 Apr 2014
    Call for Parliamentarians to support African Position on the future Post-2015 Development Agenda in Africa.

    United Nations Development Programme Country Director, Sudipto Mukerjee has told parliamentarians in Freetown on Monday that the Common African Position on the Post-2015 development agenda seeks to re-orient the development paradigm away from externally-driven initiatives and towards domestically inspired and funded initiatives that will enhance the structural economic transformation of Africa.

  • 14 Mar 2014
    Statement on the death of former President Kabbah

    The Executive Representative of the Secretary-General is saddened by the death of former President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone on 13 March 2014. He offers his condolences to the bereaved family, the Government and people of Sierra Leone.

  • 29 Jan 2014
    Humanity remains deeply unequal despite impressive progress, says UNDP report

    A sustained reduction in inequality requires a shift to more inclusive growth patterns – supported by redistributive polices and changes in social norms – says a report launched today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark.