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In 2018, WFD launched its Inclusive and Accountable Politics Programme. The programme is focused on promoting transparent and inclusive politics in Sierra Leone through supporting the operationalisation of the Government’s international commitments regarding openness and transparency.  The project is supporting the Parliament of Sierra Leone to use Open Government Partnership (OGP) as a tool to promote openness, transparency and inclusion, and will run from 2018 – 2021.

2001: year of first WFD programme
Open Parliament

The need for Parliament to make itself accessible to citizens is borne out of the fact that there has been a general perception that the institution seems to be remote, inaccessible and far removed from the people it purports to represent. There has been an ever growing need to respond to this viewpoint, so that Parliament is seen visible and accessible to its constituents. By bringing Parliaments into the openness agenda, it will

  • Make Parliament accessible to the public and enhance public understanding in parliamentary work;
  • Create awareness and increase the visibility of the Parliament of Sierra Leone;
  • Enable strategic engagement between the Parliament and its stakeholders: Development Partners, Civil Society Organizations and Academics for potential collaboration.
  • Agree on ways of working between Parliament and CSO in supporting the implementation of the Parliamentary Openness Agenda.
Advancing Disability in Parliament and Local Councils

This programme is supported through funds from the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D). The programme is focused on promoting disability inclusion in Parliament and Local Councils in Sierra Leone. The project is primarily targeting Parliament to demonstrate leadership in taking concrete steps to raise awareness and integrate disability friendly policy within its operations.

Through this Programme, WFD is collaborating and supporting disability coordination within the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs, the Freetown City Council and the Sierra Leone Union on Disability Issues (SLUDI).

Country Data

Population:

Population:

7.6
Million
GDP:

GDP:

$4.8
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.
Parliament of Sierra Leone makes first breakthrough in creating a platform for using technology to interact with the Parliament.
Stronger disability coordination mechanisms in three institutions (Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender & Children Affairs, Freetown City Council and SLUDI.
WFD has been recognised to serve as a National Steering Committee Member in OGP in Sierra Leone

Implementation

Inclusive and Accountable Politics programme
Underway
Planned end: March 2020
Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy programme
Completed
Planned end: March 2020

News

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