Poverty Reduction

Sustainable rapid economic growth is necessary for poverty reduction. To achieve a significant impact on poverty reduction, economic growth should also be sufficiently inclusive through the participation of a wide spectrum of citizens across all key productive sectors of the economy. Meaningful growth, in terms of human development, should therefore create job opportunities for all and particularly for unemployed youth and women whose labor participation rate is generally low in developing countries such as Sierra Leone. Through its contribution to the creation of sustainable livelihoods and greater incomes for marginalized members of society, inclusive growth is also essential for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Our Goals

UNDP has been supporting the economic recovery of Sierra Leone since the end of its 11-year civil war. With the country now poised for major socio-economic transformation in a bid to realize its long-term vision of being a Middle- Income Country within the next 25 years and a net lender within 50 years, UNDP will continue to support Sierra Leone’s development agenda by promoting inclusive growth strategies that make real improvements in people’s lives, opening up their choices and opportunities. more

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Poverty Reduction

A woman sells rice at the Kenema City Market in Eastern Sierra Leone (UNDP/ T. Trenchard)

Our Stories

  • Jeneba Fofanah, 23, is one of over 438 Sierra Leonean youth who received training on the job thanks to a UNDP supported internship programme for graduates. (UNDP Sierra Leone)

    Empowering youth to build lasting peace

    With over 60% of youth out of jobs, Sierra Leone faces one of the highest youth unemployment rates in West Africa a decade after a devastating civil war. more

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Projects and Initiatives

Local Governance and Economic Development Joint Programme

The Local Governance and Economic Development Joint Programme (LGED-JP) seeks to improve the socio-economic well-being of Sierra Leoneans at the local level. Building on the Government of Sierra Leone’s Decentralisation Policy, Local Economic Development (LED) programming supports local wealth creation, increased employment opportunities and improved economic productivity and service delivery. more

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Featured Publication
2012 Africa MDG Progress report

Sub-Saharan Africa must provide universal access to decent jobs and social services if it is to achieve decisive development progress, according to the report. This year the report shows that progress has been made in primary school enrolment, gender parity in primary school enrolment, the proportion of seats held by women in national parliament and HIV and AIDS prevalence rates. In spite of this progress, Africa still faces the challenges of addressing pervasive income inequalities, creating decent jobs, access to health and sanitation services.

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