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  • 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.

  • 09 Dec 2013
    Natural resources and innovation among Africa’s strongest assets

    Africa should capitalize on its natural resources and the entrepreneurship of its people to transition from economic growth to sustainable development, the Heads of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 45 African countries said today.

  • 01 Dec 2013
    UN Development Chief hails progress on halting and reversing spread of HIV; says significant challenges remain

    On the 25th Anniversary of World Aids Day, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Helen Clark hailed the significant progress made to date in tackling the epidemic, but warned that the international community could not lose sight of the significant challenges that remained.

  • 25 Nov 2013
    UNDP calls for renewed efforts to end gender-based violence

    Every year, at least two million women and girls are trafficked into prostitution, forced slavery, and servitude. Up to 60 percent of women experience some form of physical or sexual abuse during their lifetime. On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is calling for renewed efforts to end violence against women.

  • 29 Sep 2013
    UN Envoy: Change of UN Footprint Shows Sierra Leone is on Path to Development

    The United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) successfully handed over its office in Kono to the One UN Family in Sierra Leone today. This is a result of a planned exit strategy that has been endorsed by the United Nations Security Council and discussed with the Government.

  • 23 Sep 2013
    Career portal wins UNDP's 2013 Innovation Prize

    The 23 year old Salton Massally, spearhead of www.careers.sl, received this years' 2013 UNDP Innovation Award at the first Social Good Summit in Sierra Leone, hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the University of Sierra Leone

  • 16 Sep 2013
    UNDP hosts global forum on youth and technology in Sierra Leone

    Technology is playing a major role in connecting the people throughout Sierra Leone and with the rest of the world, spreading social messages, and contributing to overall development by enabling access to information and resources. Young people are undoubtedly the connector to this new era and often benefit from using technology to search employment, start a business or get valuable information on development related issues.

  • 15 Sep 2013
    On International Day of Democracy, UNDP affirms support for building a democratic Sierra Leone

    On this International Day of Democracy, I call on leaders to hear, respect and respond appropriately to the voices of the people, whether expressed directly or through elected representatives. I call on the world’s citizens to think about how they can use their voice to not only take control of their destiny, but to translate their desires and the desires of others into a better future for all." United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement to commemorate this day, calling citizens and governments to reach out to understand and listen to those who may be weaker or more vulnerable.

  • 23 Jul 2013
    “Let us seize the opportunity to build a better, more livable continent for all”: UN Development Chief for Africa

    New York, Dakar: 23 July, 2013 - Abdoulaye Mar Dièye assumed his role yesterday as Head of the Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA) and Assistant Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Mr. Dièye was appointed to his post by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. A Senegalese national, he brings to the bureau and region years of distinguished experience, most recently as UNDP Chief of Staff and Director of the Executive Office.

  • 27 May 2013
    Natural resources can fuel Africa’s economic transformation Sustainable development rests on diversification and investments in human capital

    Marrakesh, 27 May 2013 –Africa’s agricultural, mining and energy resources could boost the continent’s economic growth and pave the way for a breakthrough in human development, according to the African Economic Outlook 2013, released here today. The report is produced annually by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the OECD Development Centre, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 27 May 2013
    Africa making great strides toward many MDG targets yet serious challenges remain, new report says

    Addis Ababa, 27 May 2013 – Converting Africa’s impressive economic performance over the past decade into greater gains on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) remains a primary challenge for Africa, according to a new report

  • 10 May 2013
    Creating business and market opportunities for Africa’s poor is key, says new UNDP report

    Cape Town, 10 May – Involving low-income communities in markets and businesses across Africa is essential for economic growth to translate into sustainable development, according to a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report released today.

  • 12 Apr 2013
    40 ECOWAS Volunteers in Sierra Leone’s health and education sectors by end of April

    A mission from the ECOWAS Volunteers Programme’s (EVP) Regional Office, led by the Director of the ECOWAS Youth and Sports Development Centre in Ouagadougou, was in Sierra Leone from 8th to 12th April to fast-track the deployment of the 40 ECOWAS Volunteers earmarked for the health and education sectors of the country. The team met with key stakeholders, including the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology; Ministry of Health and Sanitation; Ministry of Youth Affairs and the Ministry of Sports, as well as various other stakeholders from the civil society and UNDP/UNV who are technical partners to the Programme.

  • 05 Apr 2013
    UN calls for accelerated action with 1,000 days to go on Millennium Development Goals

    The United Nations and its partners around the world are today observing the milestone of 1,000 days to the end of 2015 – the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Starting today (5 April) – the actual milestone date – through to Friday 12 April, UN offices around the world are working with governments, civil society and international partners to mark “MDG Momentum: 1,000 Days of Action” in a variety of ways.

  • 19 Mar 2013
    Human Development Report 2013 launched in Sierra Leone.

    With Sierra Leone recording one of the fastest growth in human development index in African since 2000, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Dr. Samura Kamara has launched the Human Development Report 2013 titled “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World” at the State Hall, Parliament building in Freetown, yesterday 19th March 2013, attended by ministers of government, foreign diplomatic missions, members of parliament, senior government officials, civil society activists and representatives from the academia.

  • 14 Aug 2012
    Deputy Minister urges Paramount Chiefs to 'Strive to become modern chiefs of the 21st Century'

    Sierra Leone’s Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon Hadiru Kalokoh, has called on Paramount Chiefs and tribal headmen to “Strive to become modern chiefs of the 21st century … chiefs who administer their subjects using modern tenets of democracy and human rights as against the old ways of absolute monarchy coercion” at the launch of the Government’s newly formulated Chiefdom and Traditional Administration Policy in the four major cities of Kenema, Bo, Makeni and Freetown.