About UNDP in Sierra Leone
Participants AT THE 2011 COUNTRY PROGRAMME ACTION PLAN review (undp/C. Thomas)
UNDP has been working in Sierra Leone since 1965, and has been committed to helping the country achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as national development priorities as set out in the Government’s second Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, the Agenda for Change (2008-2012).
UNDP is currently providing technical assistance to the Government in its formulation of the third-generation Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, the Agenda for Prosperity, which will cover 2013-2017 and marks the beginning of major transformative development strategies and policies that will support the realization of the country’s vision of being a Middle-Income Country within the next 25 years and net lender within 50 years.
The ultimate goal of UNDP is to improve the lives of the people of Sierra Leone, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, and to ensure a future that offers equality, dignity and opportunity for all. UNDP works in partnership with the Government of Sierra Leone, development partners, UN agencies, civil society and local communities to help identify local solutions to meet global and national development challenges through a range of interventions that combine UNDP’s expertise and comparative advantage in the areas of Democratic Governance, Poverty Reduction and Environment.
Under the UN Transitional Joint Vision for Sierra Leone (2013-2014), UNDP and the rest of the UN family are combining efforts to build on the peace dividend as the foundation for sustainable development in Sierra Leone. Read more.
Women market sellers in Sierra Leone (UNDP/C. THOMAS)
UNDP has provided critical advisory support to the Government over the years, feeding into a detailed policy dialogue as part of the overarching process of development planning. In addition to essential guidance in the preparation of the National Recovery Strategy (2003-2005) as well as both the first (2005-2007) and second (2008-2012) Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, UNDP has offered analyses of emerging issues such as mitigating the impact of the global financial crisis and managing the inflow of foreign remittances. UNDP Sierra Leone has also strengthened national capacities to monitor progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in Sierra Leone through the production of flagship knowledge products such as the National Human Development Report and Millennium Development Goals Report in partnership with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and Statistics Sierra Leone. Read more.
UNDP’s assistance to youth employment and empowerment in Sierra Leone has resulted in the establishment and operationalization of the National Youth Commission which now plays an important coordinating role in strategic planning and policy development on national youth employment and empowerment issues and programmes. Through interventions supported by UNDP in recent years, the income-generating ability of 10,299 Sierra Leonean youth was increased on average by more than 197%, accompanied by improved family food security and education status. Read more.
UNDP’s support to the 2012 electoral cycle helped to ensure the conduct of peaceful, inclusive and credible Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Council elections on November 17 2012, managing tension and conflict while encouraging citizens to participate in all aspects of the electoral process. The programme enabled the Commission to adopt Biometric Voter Registration for the first time, enhancing the credibility of the elections by promoting the ‘one person, one vote’ principle. This involved the training of 170 NEC staff and commissioners, resulting in the successful registration of 2.7 million voters and the printing and distribution of voter ID cards across the country. NEC was also supported to establish regional tally centers where the decentralized counting of results took place, a more efficient and accurate process. Elections day was deemed free and fair by both domestic and international observers in Sierra Leone, and no serious violence was reported. The enthusiasm displayed by the population as they cast their votes, and the high voter turnout with 87% of eligible voters exercising their right, was a clear manifestation of the strong desire for continued peace, good governance and development in Sierra Leone. Read more. Read more.
Environment & Energy
Government efforts to enhance the abilities of local communities and agencies to recognize and manage potential disaster and improve the use of long-lasting environmental management techniques in Sierra Leone have been supported by UNDP in recent years. Working closely with the Office of National Security, civil society, local government and the Sierra Leone Police, development plans in 40 out of 149 chiefdoms have integrated Disaster Risk Reduction concerns and established Disaster Management Committees to put proactive risk reduction strategies in place. A nationwide disaster risk assessment was also conducted with support from UNDP and at-risk areas were identified. Target communities were assisted to develop their own disaster risk preparedness plans, involving the establishment of a Volunteer Corps, and 265 community volunteers were subsequently trained to effectively respond to disasters, reducing community vulnerability. Read more.
The Resident Coordinator, who is the Executive Representative of the Secretary General, heads the UN Country Team in Sierra Leone and is also the Resident Representative of UNDP Sierra Leone.
UNDP Sierra Leone is managed by a Country Director who is responsible for ensuring the effective day-to-day management of UNDP Country Office and assumes overall responsibility for the UNDP programme and operations to ensure coherence and strategic direction of UNDP activities. The Country Director is supported by two Deputies, one for Programmes and one for Operations.
UNDP works in close collaboration with the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and other key Ministries, Departments and Agencies. The implementation of UNDP programme activities are carried out by Implementing Partners as appropriate, including national and local Government partners and civil society actors.
Our staff come from many different countries and represent a diverse range of professional backgrounds. Currently, UNDP Sierra Leone has 12 international staff.
UNDP Sierra Leone currently employs:
The following is a list of Individual Consultants/Contractors and Service Contract holders who receive US$ 30,000 or more from UNDP Sierra Leone over a 12 month period: