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Sierra Leone


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

Read more about Sierra Leone


Children supported by DFID in primary and lower secondary education

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Children completing primary education supported by DFID

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Unique people reached with one or more water, sanitation or hygiene promotion intervention

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Births delivered with the help of nurses, midwives or doctors through DFID support

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Additional women using modern methods of family planning through DFID support

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Sectors groups as a percentage of country budgets according to the Development Assistance Committee's classifications.


Project budget total by year approved at the project level to date.