The Kenema District Economic Recovery Programme was launched in July 2007 in the Kenema district and city. The programme intends to pilot a new approach of local development in Sierra Leone.
Its stated objective is to “increase local economic development activity and infrastructure and service provision through dynamically performing Kenema district and town councils” while the overall goal of the programme is to “contribute to poverty reduction in the Kenema district and town”. The Kenema district has an area of 6,012 km2 and a population of 369,546. Kenema city (located within the district) is the third largest city in Sierra Leone with a population of 128,402.