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  • 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.

  • 22 Apr 2012
    Sierra Leone joins thousands around the world to make film history

    Mr. Anthony Koroma, commissioner of the National Youth Commission, Sierra Leone, joined over 200 (mainly youths) representing secondary schools in Freetown, civil society organizations, environmental NGO Green Scenery, peace activists, university students from Fourah Bay College, Njala University, College of Medicine, Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) to see the One Day on Earth film and be part of film history at the Cruzer Cinema, Lagoonda Complex, Sunday 22nd April.

  • 20 Feb 2012
    Sierra Leone Government installs automatic weather stations

    Sierra Leone’s Meteorological Department (SLMD) has installed the final set of six state of the art Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) at the Lungi International Airport, Freetown over the weekend with support from UNDP and UNEP. The other weather stations have already been installed at Fourah Bay College campus in Freetown as well as in Kabala and Rokupr in Northern Sierra Leone and Njala and Kenema in the South and East of the country respectively.

  • 30 Nov 2011
    UNDP hands over furniture and equipment to new Civil Service College

    The Chief of Staff at the Office of the President, Dr. Kaifala Marah has said that the handing over of equipment to the newly established Civil Service Training College (CSTC) “signals the beginning of transformation of the Sierra Leone civil service” at a short ceremony attended by Director of the Public Service Reform Unit (PSRU) Dr. Julius Sandy, Director of the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO), Ernest Surrur, UNDP Country Director Ms Mia Seppo and a visiting Kenyan delegation including Professor Margaret Kobia, Director of Kenya School of Government at Tower Hill, Freetown Wednesday 30th November 2011.

  • 21 Nov 2011
    UNDP and Family Support Unit end community outreach and training to reverse “Menace of gender based violence” in Makeni, Bo, Kenema and Freetown

    UNDP and the Family Support Unit (FSU) of the Sierra Leone Police have ended series of community outreach sessions across the country to help end the “menace of Sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) that is on the increase since the end of the war.” The outreach sessions in all four cities, included a float parade with brass brands in the major streets, starting in Makeni on the 8th November and ended in Freetown Monday 21st November 2011.

  • 14 Nov 2011
    Deputy Minister of Finance launches UNDP Human Development Report 2011 in Freetown

    The Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Development Hon Alhaji Foday Mansaray, has launched the Human Development Report 2011, at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone in Freetown on Friday 11th November, 2011.

  • 06 Sep 2011
    Female football legend Marta ends two-day visit to Sierra Leone declaring “When women succeed, we all win.”

    UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, Marta Vieira Da Silva, five-time FIFA world female player of the year, ended a two-day visit to Sierra Leone Sunday to promote women’s empowerment with the message “When women succeed, we all win.”

  • 16 Aug 2011
    Football superstar Marta visits Sierra Leone to promote women’s empowerment

    The best female football player in the world, Marta Vieira da Silva of Brazil will visit Sierra Leone from 29th to 31st August 2011 in her capacity as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to highlight the country’s efforts in promoting women’s empowerment.

  • 23 Jul 2011
    UNDP and Partners train community water maintenance assistants in Makeni

    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources (MEWR), UNICEF and Muloma Womens Development Association (MUWODA), a Community Based Organisation has trained 12 community plumbers, from Bumbuna, Mapaki and Kabumban communities for the maintenance of the Gravity –fed water systems, last weekend in Makeni city.

  • 19 Jul 2011
    Government of Sierra Leone delegation off to Kenya on performance management tour

    A four-man delegation of senior government executives has arrived in Nairobi, on a week-long study tour on performance management and performance contracting in the Kenyan civil service.

  • 06 Jun 2011
    UNDP ends workshop on electoral operational planning with UNDP calling for “Credible and technically sound” elections

    A three day workshop on Electoral Operational Planning organized by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), under its Global Programme for Electoral Cycle Support (GPECS), held at the Taia Resort Hotel in Freetown, ended Friday, 3rd June, 2011. The workshop was attended by delegates from over 25, mainly African countries representing Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) and UNDP Country Offices.

  • 25 May 2011
    UN family hands over palm oil processing plant and information platform to the agribusiness centre on Africa Day

    Director General of the UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Kandeh Yumkella, along with a high powered delegation from the Peacebuilding Commission and the UN family in Sierra Leone, has handed over a Palm Oil processing plant and solar-powered Business Information and Communication (BIC) platform to the Sierra Leone Agri-Business Initiative (SABI) Centre in Newton on Africa Day, May 25th 2011.

  • 18 Mar 2011
    Ministry of Finance and UN launch 2010 MDG report in Makeni, Bo and Kenema

    The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MOFED) in collaboration with the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Sierra Leone has launched the 2010 Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report in the provincial cities of Makeni, Bo and Kenema in a week-long event starting from the 15th in Makeni, to 18th March, 2011.

  • 05 Mar 2011
    Chiefs call on their people to stop land degradation as sustainable land management pilot sites launched

    Paramount Chief of Gbendembu Gowahun Chiefdom, Kandeh Baba Keha III has said that “If we destroy our land now, what will we bequeath to our children?” during the launch of pilot sites for the Sustainable Land Management Project by the Deputy Provincial Secretary in the Northern Region, Mr. Abdulai Koroma.

  • 26 Feb 2011
    “Period of Impunity is over” after Judiciary launches saturday courts in Freetown

    The Sierra Leone Judiciary has launched the Saturday Courts designed to specifically to sit on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) cases at the Law Court Building in Freetown, on Saturday 26th February 2011.

  • 24 Feb 2011
    Project to stimulate local economic development approved in Freetown

    The Local Governance and Economic Development Joint Programme (LGED-JP), geared towards strengthening the decentralization process and support the capacity of local governments to enhance pro-poor local economic development has been approved by the Government of Sierra Leone and development partners, February 24th 2011 at the conference hall of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD).

  • 08 Feb 2011
    Government of Sierra Leone and UNDP hold review and planning meeting

    The Government of Sierra Leone and UNDP held a meeting at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, in Freetown on Tuesday 8th February 2011 to review results achieved in 2010 by UNDP and national counterparts and to agree on strategic priories for 2011 and 2012.

  • 04 Feb 2011
    Government of Sierra Leone, electoral bodies, UN and partners approve elections programme

    At a meeting of the Local Project Appraisal Committee (LPAC), the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED), the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC), development partners, Sierra Leone Police (SLP) and National Elections Watch (NEW) representing civil society, the UN and other partners have reviewed and unanimously approved the “Support to Electoral Cycle in Sierra Leone – 2011-2014” programme document last Thursday 3rd February 2011 in Freetown.

  • 06 Dec 2010
    Sierra Leone joins the world in celebrating International Volunteer Day

    olunteer Involving Organisations Network (VIONET), a consortium of volunteer serving agencies in Sierra Leone, celebrated this year’s International Volunteers Day (5th December) at the Atlantic Hall in Freetown today, December 6th, 2010 with a call for a “policy that will integrate volunteerism into the country’s institutional framework with the view to reduce poverty, offer opportunity to young people to share skills and help build communities.”