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.
“Success in the response, down to the district level, depends on these women and men who are risking their lives every day to fight the disease,” said Helen Clark, the Administrator of UNDP.
Four new local governments have received support from UNDP and UNCDF to improve transparency and accountability of their tax administration and increase their internal revenue mobilization. The beneficiaries are Kambia, Western Area Rural, Bo and Bonthe District Councils. Support included setting up the fiscal cadaster system and providing equipment for the valuation offices. Equipment comprises an ICT package and a projector.
On 19 February 2014, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development officially opened the District Refrigerated Room developed with support from UNDP/UNCDF under the Local Governance and Economic Development Joint-Programme (LGED-JP). This is the result of the new planning and budgeting systems introduced by UNDP/UNCDF: the Local Economic Development (LED) approach.
On 2nd August 2013, two cabinet ministers were in Kenema (Eastern Region) to commission three socioeconomic infrastructures completed by Kenema City Council and Kenema District Council under the Local Government and Economic Development Joint Programme (LGED-JP) and the Gender Equitable Local Development (GELD) supported by UNDP and UNCDF.
Since its emergence from a decade of civil war in 2002, Sierra Leone has experienced substantial economic growth. However, poverty and unemployment remain major challenges, and the country’s infrastructure continues to suffer the consequences of years of mismanagement and neglect. Sierra Leone’s Human Development Index value for 2012 positioned the country at 177 out of 187 countries.
On January 31st, 2012 the newly appointed Minister of Local Government and Rural development (MLGRD), Mrs Diana Konomanyi, commissioned two important socio-economic infrastructures in Moyamba District Council (Southern Province) funded by UNCDF under the Local Governance and Economic Development Joint Programme (LGED-JP): (i) a rural market place with 10 lockable stores in Sembehun in Bagruwa Chiefdom and (ii) a Community Resource Center (CRC) offering vocation training, service and goods provision in Information and CommunicationTechnologies (ICT), t
On October 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2012, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) and the Local Councils Association of Sierra Leone (LoCASL), with support from UNDP, UNCDF in partnership with JICA, GIZ, ILO and the Commonwealth Secretariat, organized the first Peer Review and Methodological Workshop on Local Economic Development (LED) in Sierra Leone, at Wusum Hotel in Makeni City.
Local government is the sphere of government closest to the people, providing vision and leadership for local communities and many of the basic services needed to improve their day-to-day lives and meet the Millennium Development Goals. Local government has a lot to offer in accelerating MDG progress and energizing development overall and can is the key to advance gender equality. This is what emerged from the Gender and Local Development Africa Regional Forum that took place in Freetown on 27th-28th September, 2012.
In all of Africa, Sierra Leone has been chosen as one of the best practices for further studies in the area of gender and decentralisation by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)”.
On July 10, 2012 the Decentralization process in Sierra Leone achieved another major step. The Vice President of the Republic, Hon. Alhaji Sam Sumana, on behalf of the Head of State, presided over the official launching of the Local Economic Development Programme in the country. Organized by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) in Freetown, the event was attended by 238 participants from various government sectors, private Sector, civil societies, parliamentarians, local council’s authorities and Paramount Chiefs.