Press Releases
  • EU and UNDP renew partnership on electoral assistanceApr 15, 2016The EU and UNDP are the largest electoral assistance providers globally, having worked together on more than 100 projects across all regions, out of which 74 were in Africa. This partnership helps strengthen national capacities to carry out free and fair elections, and promote women’s participation as both voters and candidates

  • UN police chief ends visit with a call for a broader police-civilian partnershipApr 14, 2016During a site visit to the new Independent Police Complaints Board (IPCB) office premises currently being refurbished with UNDP support, Ms. Appelblom noted that UNDP’s support to the wider security sector is crucial, adding that good governance

  • Digital Financial Services Diagnostics in West AfricaApr 1, 2016Some of the common themes emerging in the recently conducted DFS diagnostics across the three fragile states are the focus on strengthening the supervisory capacities of regulators in areas of digital financial inclusion, particularly to effectively supervise and regulate new and shifting risks; to advocate and support interoperability between various players in the digital financial system such that traditional financial institutions serving the poor can transfer benefits of digital transactions to the end-clients.

  • West Africa mobile money workshop “to transform financial services and advance regional integration.”Mar 17, 2016The workshop is aimed at finding ways of integrating the marginalised and poor people in mobile financial services and lesson learning from other African countries. The meeting fostered peer-to-peer learning and sharing experiences from other sub-Saharan African countries and included delegates from East Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa: Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda.

  • Developing Bail and Sentencing Instruments for Sierra LeoneMar 17, 2016The visiting judges along with the Sentencing and Bail Working Group held consultations with the public, from all segments of society, including Okada Unionists (motorbike taxis) in Freetown and Waterloo. The Okada taxi unions openly shared their experiences with the senior members of the Working Group, “Freedom is sweet – so we pay to be freed… and we are asking you today to do something about it”,

  • Sierra Leone makes steady progress in human development despite Ebola, but deep poverty and inequality persist.Mar 10, 2016The country moved one position up the Human Development Index (HDI) placing the country in 181 out of 188 countries with an HDI value of 0.413, but still below the 0.518 average for Sub Saharan Africa. Liberia is positioned at 177, Guinea at 182 and Ghana at 140 out of 188 countries. This means that Sierra Leone has overtaken its bigger neighbour Guinea for the first time while Liberia continues to lead its two bigger Mano River neighbours on the Human Development Index.

  • UNDP celebrates 50 years in the frontline of developmentMar 2, 2016Last week, UNDP celebrated its 50th anniversary with ministers from across the world meeting in New York on 24th February 2016 to chart a course for the future of global development. Alongside other colleagues, Dr. Marrah was involved in high-level debates on how to translate ambitious global commitments – from financing development, eradicating poverty, reducing inequality, addressing climate change and building peace – into concrete action and results.

  • UNDP at 50: World must step up to beat poverty by 2030Feb 23, 2016Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is only possible with a broad coalition of leaders from government, civil society, multilaterals and the private sector, said Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP) on the eve of a major Ministerial Meeting to mark the organisation’s 50th anniversary

  • UN engages Njala University on SDGsFeb 17, 2016The meeting attracted members of the United Nations Country team, members of the Mokonde community, students and staff of the university, and it was meant to introduce the SDGs to the to the university community and the locals. The Social Development Goals, also known as #GlobalGoals, are a set of sixteen goals that replaced the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which mandate ended in 2015. The SGDs should run till 2030.

  • PRESS RELEASE ON BEHALF OF THE INTER-AGENCY RAPID RESPONSE TEAMFeb 3, 2016The Inter-Agency Rapid Response Team was convened to assist the Government of Sierra Leone in the response. Incident management teams, including technical experts, equipment and supplies, were immediately deployed to rapidly shut down the chain of transmission. A total of 212 people were vaccinated to offer further protection to those who might have been exposed to the index case.