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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

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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.