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  • 01 Dec 2014
    Payment of Ebola workers essential for successful response and recovery, says UNDP

    To strengthen the battle against Ebola, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working with the authorities in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to coordinate payments for thousands of treatment centre staff, lab technicians, contacts tracers and burial teams.

  • 25 Nov 2014
    2000 security personnel trained on new procedures for Ebola quarantines

    To contribute to the halt of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone, the Office of National Security (ONS), with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has facilitated the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the correct management of quarantined areas and health-related checkpoints. The development of the SOPs was a consultative process engaging key stakeholders including the Sierra Leone Police, The Sierra Leone Armed Forces, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone and civil society

  • 14 Nov 2014
    Red flags raised as Ebola set to reverse development gains – UN study finds

    Sierra Leone must be braced for the social and economic shock resulting from the Ebola crisis, according to a new study co-sponsored by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the World Bank, the African Development Bank, and the International Monetary Fund.

  • 03 Nov 2014
    Ebola crisis draining development budgets in West Africa, study finds

    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is impairing the ability of governments to raise revenues, increasing their exposure to domestic and foreign debts and may make them more dependent on aid, according to the latest study on the socio-economic impact of the crisis carried out by the UN development agency.

  • 13 Oct 2014
    UNDP calls for greater community involvement to combat Ebola in West Africa

    Local associations hold the key to beating Ebola in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, said UN development officials as they completed their visit to Freetown.

  • 25 Sep 2014
    Ebola campaign in deprived communities reaches over half a million people.

    While a successful three-day national stay at home Ebola campaign in which 80% of households were reached has ended, an intensive door-to-door Ebola campaign continues in Freetown. Initiated and led by the Disaster Management Department (DMD) in the Office of National Security, with support from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the campaign focuses on the most densely populated and deprived communities in Freetown and had started before the three days stay-at-home national campaign

  • 23 Sep 2014
    High-level meeting on response to Ebola

    The Secretary-General will convene a High-level Meeting on Response to the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak on Thursday, 25 September 2014, at 11 a.m.

  • 18 Aug 2014
    UN launches $18m additional appeal for Ebola response

    The United Nations in Sierra Leone has said today that an additional $18 million is needed to bolster the Government of Sierra Leone’s efforts in halting the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The disease has now spread to 12 of 13 districts in the country with a cumulative total of more than 800 EVD cases and 350 deaths.

  • 25 Jul 2014
    Sierra Leone moves one place up the human development index but inequality and multidimensional poverty still very high

    Sierra Leone has moved one place up in the latest Human Development Report from 184th to 183rd, a marginal increase but the highest increase among the Mano River Union (MRU) and G7+ countries but multidimensional poverty and inequality is among the highest in the world despite recent high economic growth according to the latest report launched in Tokyo and later in Freetown last week. The report states that while income poverty is 52.9%, 72.7% of Sierra Leoneans are multidimensional poor, among the highest in the world and comes amidst the potentially devastating Ebola health shock.

  • 24 Jul 2014
    2014 Human Development Report

    “Africa is enjoying higher levels of economic growth and well-being, but insecurity, as well as natural or human-induced disasters, persists in some parts of the region,” said Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, the Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa. “Withstanding crises and protecting the most vulnerable, who are the most affected, are key to ensuring development progress is sustainable and inclusive.”

  • 02 Apr 2014
    Call for Parliamentarians to support African Position on the future Post-2015 Development Agenda in Africa.

    United Nations Development Programme Country Director, Sudipto Mukerjee has told parliamentarians in Freetown on Monday that the Common African Position on the Post-2015 development agenda seeks to re-orient the development paradigm away from externally-driven initiatives and towards domestically inspired and funded initiatives that will enhance the structural economic transformation of Africa.

  • 14 Mar 2014
    Statement on the death of former President Kabbah

    The Executive Representative of the Secretary-General is saddened by the death of former President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone on 13 March 2014. He offers his condolences to the bereaved family, the Government and people of Sierra Leone.

  • 09 Dec 2013
    Natural resources and innovation among Africa’s strongest assets

    Africa should capitalize on its natural resources and the entrepreneurship of its people to transition from economic growth to sustainable development, the Heads of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 45 African countries said today.

  • 01 Dec 2013
    UN Development Chief hails progress on halting and reversing spread of HIV; says significant challenges remain

    On the 25th Anniversary of World Aids Day, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Helen Clark hailed the significant progress made to date in tackling the epidemic, but warned that the international community could not lose sight of the significant challenges that remained.

  • 25 Nov 2013
    UNDP calls for renewed efforts to end gender-based violence

    Every year, at least two million women and girls are trafficked into prostitution, forced slavery, and servitude. Up to 60 percent of women experience some form of physical or sexual abuse during their lifetime. On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is calling for renewed efforts to end violence against women.

  • 29 Sep 2013
    UN Envoy: Change of UN Footprint Shows Sierra Leone is on Path to Development

    The United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) successfully handed over its office in Kono to the One UN Family in Sierra Leone today. This is a result of a planned exit strategy that has been endorsed by the United Nations Security Council and discussed with the Government.

  • 23 Sep 2013
    Career portal wins UNDP's 2013 Innovation Prize

    The 23 year old Salton Massally, spearhead of www.careers.sl, received this years' 2013 UNDP Innovation Award at the first Social Good Summit in Sierra Leone, hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the University of Sierra Leone

  • 16 Sep 2013
    UNDP hosts global forum on youth and technology in Sierra Leone

    Technology is playing a major role in connecting the people throughout Sierra Leone and with the rest of the world, spreading social messages, and contributing to overall development by enabling access to information and resources. Young people are undoubtedly the connector to this new era and often benefit from using technology to search employment, start a business or get valuable information on development related issues.

  • 15 Sep 2013
    On International Day of Democracy, UNDP affirms support for building a democratic Sierra Leone

    On this International Day of Democracy, I call on leaders to hear, respect and respond appropriately to the voices of the people, whether expressed directly or through elected representatives. I call on the world’s citizens to think about how they can use their voice to not only take control of their destiny, but to translate their desires and the desires of others into a better future for all." United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement to commemorate this day, calling citizens and governments to reach out to understand and listen to those who may be weaker or more vulnerable.

  • 23 Jul 2013
    “Let us seize the opportunity to build a better, more livable continent for all”: UN Development Chief for Africa

    New York, Dakar: 23 July, 2013 - Abdoulaye Mar Dièye assumed his role yesterday as Head of the Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA) and Assistant Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Mr. Dièye was appointed to his post by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. A Senegalese national, he brings to the bureau and region years of distinguished experience, most recently as UNDP Chief of Staff and Director of the Executive Office.