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  • 10 Dec 2014
    UNDP marks Human Rights Day with a spotlight on front line Ebola workers

    Anderson Bangura pulls on a yellow jumpsuit. His colleague ties the string behind his neck. The team is getting ready to move a body. A man died earlier that day from the Ebola virus disease at the Lumley Government Hospital in Freetown. The burial team will take his body from the morgue to the grave site.

  • 07 Nov 2014
    Reaching out to people living with disabilities in Sierra Leone

    “That is the first case for the disabled people since Ebola came. So we need prayers and we need to protect ourselves, you see,” said Matilda Kadiatu Kamara, chairperson of the Polio Persons’ Development Association in Makeni.

  • 30 Oct 2014
    Ebola survivors given safety net in Sierra Leone

    When Saio Samura, a 38-year old driver in Freetown, Sierra Leone, died eight days after contracting the Ebola virus disease (EVD), all of his personal effects and household items were burned. This left his widow, M’balu, and their three children grappling with not only their grief and fear of infection, but also with an empty house.

  • 25 Sep 2014
    Urgent action needed on Ebola to prevent reversal of years of development gains

    Massive assistance for affected countries is needed to prevent Ebola from shutting down economies and reversing years of development efforts, said Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at a high-level event at the United Nations on the deadly disease.

  • 08 Sep 2014
    UNDP engages bike riders in campaign against Ebola

    Commercial motorbike riders have launched an intensive awareness raising campaign that seeks to reach between 150,000 and 200,000 people over a two month period in Freetown after receiving training from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) last week in Freetown.

  • 26 Aug 2014
    UN scales up Ebola intervention

    The UN System Senior Coordinator for Ebola, Dr David Nabarro has said that the whole UN system in Sierra Leone will scale up its operation to help the Government of Sierra Leone stop the spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

  • 07 Aug 2014
    Ebola could set back development, says UN

    The UN says action will be needed to protect vulnerable communities and their development achievements from the potential long-term effects of Ebola in West Africa. The largest ever outbreak of the disease has now claimed hundreds of lives in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with a few cases in Nigeria.

  • 08 Jul 2014
    Partners assess UNDP’s contribution to development results

    John Sumaila, Development Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MOFED) said UNDP has been a strong pillar in supporting the Government’s development and economic transformation agenda with technical and development expertise.

  • 17 Jun 2014
    UNDP Director calls for the constitutional review process to enhance lasting peace.

    United Nations Development Programme visiting Assistant Secretary General Jordan Ryan has told members of Sierra Leone’s Constitutional Review Committee that the review of the 1991 constitution will ensure that “Sierra Leone continues on the path of lasting peace and democracy” in Freetown, June 17th 2014.

  • 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.

  • 05 Mar 2014
    Sierra Leone an inspiring example for international peacebuilding - UN Chief

    "The completion of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office, UNIPSIL, marks the end of more than 15 years of successive peace and political operations that all played critical roles in supporting Sierra Leone’s remarkable transition from war to peace," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated during a joint press conference with Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma.

  • 21 Feb 2014
    Civil registration to benefit citizens and improve service delivery

    Chief Registrar and head of the National Registration Secretariat (NRS), Dr Max Sesay, has said that a new UNDP supported civil registration project will help the Government consolidate citizens data and enhance the effective delivery of services as well as improve monitoring of government programmes and policies, during a Technical Taskforce Workshop in Freetown, Friday February 21 Friday.

  • 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.

  • 07 Feb 2014
    UNDP calls for constitutional review to promote social justice and peace

    UNDP Country Director, Sudipto Mukerjee, has said at a technical workshop organized for members of the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) that “The constitutional review process must be owned by the people of Sierra Leone.” Delivering a keynote statement at the workshop at the Bank of Sierra Leone Complex, Kingtom, in Freetown, he added that the review of the constitution must “…promote social justice, consolidate peace and prevent the repetition of violent conflict that Sierra Leone has witnessed in its recent past.” The workshop ends today 7th February 2014.

  • 03 Feb 2014
    Africa Mining Vision Day calls for a more sustainable, people-centred mining agenda

  • 30 Jan 2014
    UN Envoy: Constitutional review process unique opportunity

  • 21 Jan 2014
    UNDP Urges Governments to Help End Suffering in CAR

    Brussels/New York - As the violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) continues, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has called on the international community to help prevent the conflict from leaving a legacy of even greater deprivation and poverty in the country. High level representatives of donor governments, including France and the United States, as well as the African Union and European Union, are meeting today in Brussels to discuss how to respond to recent sectarian violence that has uprooted nearly one million people in the country.

  • 12 Sep 2013
    The Sceretary-General Message on the United Nations day South-South Cooperation

    This year’s observance of the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation comes amid intensifying international efforts to accelerate progress on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by the end of 2015, the internationally agreed deadline. Concurrently, the South has assumed a greater role in the global development landscape. In many developing countries incomes are up, poverty is declining and hope is rising.

  • 12 Aug 2013
    Sierra Leone issues the first “Status of Youth” report

    Sierra Leone today launched its first ever “Status of the Youth” report, painting the most comprehensive situation update on youth employment, education, well-being and participation in the development process. “We know that a nation can only rise with its youths,” said Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma, launching the report on International Youth Day in the presence of the country’s development partners, including Executive Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen.

  • 02 Aug 2013
    Ministers launch Local Economic Development Projects in Kenema

    A brand new city abattoir equipped with a refrigerator room and a water purification center were built by the Kenema City Council while the Kenema District Council undertook the construction of a community health center in Hangha Town, outside Kenema city. The projects were funded UNDP and the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) under the Local Government and Economic Development Joint Programme (LGED-JP) and the Gender Equitable Local Development (GELD) Programme also supported by UN-WOMEN