African Peer Review Mechanism Project

What is the project about?

Years of authoritarian rule and the 11-year civil war undermined participatory, transparent and accountable governance in Sierra Leone. In recent years, advances in the introduction of democratic processes, especially following successful elections in 2007 and 2008, have been made, yet support is required in order to consolidate these improvements.

In compliance with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development's (NEPAD) whose objectives include conducting a regional peer review exercise in African countries on governance issues, Sierra Leone acceded to the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) process. The intervention of an APRM–type process will not only review governance processes and institutions in Sierra Leone, but also propose strategies to improve these processes and achieve sustainable socioeconomic development.

Since its accession to the APRM process in 2004, and with assistance from international partners including UNDP, steps to prepare Sierra Leone for its first Peer Review Report and Program of Action included the appointment of a National Focal Point (NFP), the formal launch of the APRM in January 2006, the appointment of the National APRM Governing Council and, the establishment of the APR Secretariat.

The Project will support Sierra Leone in producing its first Peer Review Report (PRR) and Program of Action (PoA), both of which determine the country’s initial baseline conditions, which will then constitute the baselines for the continental exercise. The PRR in intended to provide a basis for consolidating shared values, and standards, in governance and accelerating socio-economic development in the country, ultimately, expediting poverty eradication and support for the achievement of objectives of NEPAD and Millennium Development Goals.

Accomplishments so far

The Project has achieved the following notable results:

  • A functional APRM Secretariat was established and operationalized and a broad-based National Governing Council, constituted by representatives from various Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Civil Society Organizations and academic institutions was also created. 
  • Completion and submission of the Country Review Report as well as the National PoA.
  • The National PoA Implementation Strategy was subsequently formulated, aligning the document with ongoing development projects and initiatives in the country. The document further explores potential funding modalities for the sustained operations and functioning of the APRM Secretariat.

Who finances it?

Year Donor Amount Contributed
2010 UNDP US$ 282,662
2011 UNDP US$ 104,060
2012 UNDP US$ 50,000

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Year Total Delivery
2010 US$ 283,792
2011 US$ 61,815
2012 US$ 49,948
Project Overview
Project start date:
January 1 2008
Project end date:
December 31 2013
Geographic coverage:
UN Transitional Joint Vision Programme Cluster:
Cluster 1: Support to Good Governance
Focal point:
Hassan Jalloh
Project Manager
Democratic Governance Unit
Hassan Jalloh
APRM Secretariat; Ministry of Political and Public Affairs
Budget (2013):
To be determined
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