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Sierra Leone is entering a new phase of growth and development after a largely successful period of post-conflict reconstruction. This transition was formally marked by the closure of the UN peacebuilding mission in March 2014. The signing of a Mutual Accountability Framework by government and development partners (led by DFID on the donor side) is also an important marker of a change in the terms of international engagement. The country must now tackle a number of deeply rooted structural challenges including corruption, low capacity levels, weaknesses in the rule of law, and high levels of discrimination and social exclusion (particularly for women).

Top priorities

  • improving education (especially for girls, children with disabilities and the most marginalised), water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and health services
  • supporting reform and improvement of electricity services
  • support to the private sector, in particular to small and medium sized enterprises and the extractives sector
  • improving public financial management, revenue collection and accountability
  • tackling corruption through a new and innovative Pay No Bribe programme
  • improving access to security and justice
  • supporting the Constitutional Review and the electoral cycle

Further resources

DFID Operational Plan for Sierra Leone
Sierra Leonepage on GOV.UK website

Key Info

  • Project budget approved for 2017/2018 More information about the total project budget £111,809,086
  • Project budget as % of DFID budget More information about the total project budget 1.55%
  • Active Projects 27
  • Population (2015, source World Bank): 6.45 million
  • % living below $1.90 per day (2011, source World Bank): 52.33%
  • Fertility rate (2014, source World Bank): 4.63
  • GDP growth rate (2015, source World Bank): -20.6%
Sector groups as a percentage of country budget More information about the sector groups
Project budget total by year More information about project funding
Budgets approved at a project level to date. This may be different from the overall operational plan budget for Sierra Leone.