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  • 15 Apr 2014
    Sierra Leone launches US$217.5m youth programme to create one million new jobs

    The president of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma has launched an ambitious US$ 217.5m, three year National Youth Programme that seeks to create one million decent new jobs - the first ever and biggest national youth programme – reminding the nation that “the nation can only move forward when its youths step forward” at the Miatta Conference Hall in Freetown yesterday.

  • 13 Feb 2014
    602 young entrepreneurs graduate in Makeni and Newton

    A total of 602 young entrepreneurs in Newton, Western Rural District and from the Business Development Service centre operated by the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) in Makeni, the Northern Regional capital, have graduated on the 28th January and 7th February 2014 respectively.

  • 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.

  • 04 Feb 2013
    Moyamba District Council commissions new socio-economic projects

    The newly appointed Minister of Local Government and Rural development (MLGRD), Hon Mrs. Diana Konomanyi has commissioned a rural market and a Community Resource Centre for youth in the Sembehun and Moyamba towns, Southern Sierra Leone last week as part of the UNDP/UNCDF funded Local Government Economic Development Joint Programme (LGED-JP).

  • 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.

  • 30 Jan 2012
    From market beggar to shoe producer in Sierra Leone – “The most important thing is that now I have hope for the future”

    The story of Umaru Kargbo, in Sierra Leone’s Northern City of Makeni, 113 miles from the capital city of Freetown, is one of resilience and of sheer determination to lift oneself out of poverty. It is also the story of how a country riddled by suffering and stagnation caused by years of civil war and gun-toting youths rampaging through the countryside is emerging slowly into one where its hitherto marginalized youths are participating in national development and social transformation.

  • 25 Nov 2011
    Official launch of the National Youth Commission - Ms. Mia Seppo, UNDP Sierra Leone Country Director

    I would like to start by recognizing the youth. It is for you and the future of Sierra Leone that we are here today. I am very happy to see so many of you here today and I’m looking forward to learning more about your ideas and vision for how you will be working with the Youth Commission. I hope that you will share with your friends the messages that are made here today.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 01 Mar 2011
    UN Economic Commission for Africa opening ceremony of the 14th Intergovernmental Committee of Experts for West Africa Meeting - Ms. Mia Seppo, UNDP Sierra Leone Country Director

    It is an honor and a great pleasure for me to address the opening session of this meeting on behalf of the Executive Representative of the Secretary General of the UN to Sierra Leone. It gives me even greater pleasure to do so with our sister organization the United Nations ECA with whom we have build up a fruitful cooperation framework based on the capitalization of mutually supportive comparative advantages over the years.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 12 Aug 2010
    Launch of International Year of Youth

    The role youth can play to address global challenges, such as the ideals of peace, respect for human rights and solidarity across generations, was highlighted at the launch of the International Year of Youth (IYY) in Freetown, today.