Sierra Leone

AGI’s work in Sierra Leone began in 2008. After its brutal civil war, Sierra Leone was one of the poorest countries in the world, with an average life expectancy of just 41 years. In recent years, Sierra Leone has taken great strides towards a brighter future. In the past decade, the country made the third largest improvement in governance of any country in Africa, according to the Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance. However, the powerful progress achieved is fragile.

We have helped President Koroma’s government introduce the Free Healthcare Initiative for pregnant women and children. Before the Ebola crisis, this programme doubled the number of women giving birth in hospital, and saw recorded deaths among children treated for malaria fall by more than 80%. Our work in the Ministry of Agriculture meanwhile helped the government to push through agricultural reforms, which as much as doubled rice yields in parts of the country and built 900km of new road which now provide farmers with better access to markets.

We have worked with the government to help them eliminate Ebola and are proud of the role that we played at national and district level. Our team continue to support their Sierra Leonean colleagues with their plans for recovery.  

 

Tony Blair is an old friend to us in Sierra Leone dating back to the days when he was Prime Minister. Indeed, he helped us at a time when we needed it most. It is gratifying to note that he and his team are still with us providing advice to deal with the many challenges that we face including the Ebola crisis.
President Ernest Bai Koroma

Highlights

By July 2014, two months after arriving in Sierra Leone, Ebola reached the capital city, Freetown. Read how our team supported the government to respond to the crisis.
Sierra Leone has one of the lowest rates of electricity access in the world with less than one in ten homes connected to the grid. Our work aims to change this.
AGI has supported the Sierra Leonean government to build 900km of rural roads to help farmers get their goods to market
How do you get things done in government? See our team's work in Sierra Leone as an example.

900km

Nine hundred kilmetres of rural roads have been built, helping farmers to get their good to market.

16

We have supported Sierra Leone to improve its World Bank Doing Business ranking by 16 places.

100,000

The governments plans to build a power station which will bring electricity to over 100,000 homes.

AGI In Action

Jul 2015

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See inside the heart of the Ebola response and find out what lessons we learned while supporting the governments of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to manage the crisis.
10th July 2015
Job opportunity
Could you support Sierra Leonean public servants to plan, finance and implement the major infrastructure projects their country needs?
4th July 2015
Job opportunity
Could you provide embedded support to a new Delivery Team in Sierra Leone, driving forward delivery of the post‐Ebola recovery plan?
3rd July 2015
Job opportunity
Could you support the Minister of Energy and his Ministry in the management of a range of priority projects?
2nd July 2015
Job opportunity
Could you support the relevant leaders in the Government of Sierra Leone in identifying high priority interventions?
1st July 2015

Jun 2015

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98% of the people power required to get on top of Ebola in West Africa was found locally says our new report: t.co/qJnDiqVaHN

25th June 2015
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Lessons from Ebola - Part 5: Be flexible

17th June 2015
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Working through government paid off during #Ebola outbreak, some lessons from @cblatts @WorldBankAfrica #globaldev t.co/gP3ob89yUz

16th June 2015
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Lessons from Ebola: 4 - This is not OUR response

15th June 2015
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Lessons from Ebola: 3 - Get the systems right

14th June 2015
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Lessons from Ebola: 2 - Don’t go it alone

13th June 2015
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Who are these people & what do they do? @independent take a trip with @tonyblairoffice to look at AGI’s work on Ebola t.co/ifjZl3b8jt

13th June 2015
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Lessons from Ebola - Part 6: Understand the culture and context

12th June 2015