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The Government of Sierra Leone is now in the implementation of the country’s Medium-Term National Development Plan (MTNDP, 2019-2023). The plan was implemented on the back of a strong political will and commitment to service delivery, as well as amid key challenges. The challenges relate to securing adequate financing for programmes, ensuring effective development coordination at local and national levels, and capacity constraints in managing public projects and undertaking effective monitoring and evaluation. This had called for a need to prioritize implementation and strengthen institutional capacity & coordination; service delivery & performance management; and monitoring and evaluation.


The lead priority flagship programme of the government has been Human Capital Development (HCD), believed to be at the core of socioeconomic transformation and building resilience in Sierra Leone. The country’s human capital index has been measured at 0.35; meaning loss in productivity as a future worker in Sierra Leone has been 65 percent, compared to 61 and 59 percent in Low-Income Countries and sub-Saharan Africa, respectively. That is, “a child born in Sierra Leone today will be 35 percent as productive when she grows up as she could be if she enjoyed complete education and full health.” These statistics had compelled the Government to prioritise human capital development focusing on education, food self-sufficiency (with special attention to agriculture and fisheries to supply needed nutrition for child development) and health. The three HCD focus areas fall under Clusters 1 and 2 of the MTNDP: Human Capital Development, and Diversifying the Economy and Promoting Economic Growth.


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