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WFD is currently implementing a three-year programme (2015-2018) to improve women and people with disabilities’ political participation and representation in Sierra Leone, while ongoing work to make the national parliament more effective continues. The programme – implemented by the WFD Sierra Leone office – works with civil society organisations, political parties and the Parliament of Sierra Leone to create a more inclusive political environment and give a greater voice to women and vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities ahead of the 2018 general election.

2001: year of first WFD programme
Context

Following the end of civil war in 2002, the economy of Sierra Leone gradually recovered. However, the benefits of development are yet to be enjoyed by a majority of the population which continues to suffer from poor infrastructure, food insecurity and high unemployment. The inability to access the political debate for a large share of the population and the lack of dialogue between communities and institutions contribute to widespread poverty, poor welfare and inequality.

People with disabilities

WFD is training Sierra Leone civil society organisations to promote engagement in the electoral process. In August 2017, following a nationwide dialogue involving 1300+ disabled people and 7 political parties, WFD and Sierra Leone Union on Disability Issues (SLUDI) launched a non-partisan platform (National Agenda) to build consensus on policies which would help people with disabilities live a fuller and more dignified life.

Women in politics

WFD is also working to increase the number of women in leadership positions in Sierra Leonean political parties. In partnership with UK political parties, we are supporting women leaders who want to reach positions of responsibility and advocate for equality. As part of this strand of work, WFD will provide induction and training for new women members of parliament and councillors following the 2018 elections.

Strengthening Parliament

Building on the successful partnership with the parliament of the Isle of Man (Tynwald) – which led to a drastic reduction in the time it takes for Parliament of Sierra Leone to publish transcripts of sittings – WFD is now working to improve the capabilities of the research department to support legislators produce better laws.

Country Data

Population:

Population:

7.3
Million
GDP:

GDP:

$3.7
Billion (USD)
GDI per capita:

GDI per capita:

$490
(USD)
Media freedom:

Media freedom:

54/100
(partly free)
Democracy index:

Democracy index:

61/100
(partly free)

Results

First National Agenda for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the electoral and political process launched involving community groups, political parties and institutions.
Time to complete transcripts of parliamentary sittings reduced to 2 days (before: 21 days) thanks to support from Tynwald.

Implementation

Inclusive and peaceful elections in Sierra Leone
Completed
Planned end: March 2018
Supporting research services in the Parliament of Sierra Leone
Completed
Planned end: March 2018

News

The Sierra Leone Parliament: There’s an App for that!

Democracy goes beyond the ballot box. For democracy to flourish, elected representatives need to be able to find out and understand the needs of the people they represent. Ways for people to find out what is going on in parliament and respond to it are just as important. In Sierra Leone, WFD has been working […]