Sierra Leone missed out on the first decade in the race towards achieving the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) due to a devastating conflict which ended in 2002. The following decade (2002-2012) saw episodes of optimism in the development strides of Sierra Leone as the government directed efforts to mainstreaming poverty reduction. However, monitoring was problematic due to capacity constraints as well as the paucity of data. It is not foreseeable for Sierra Leone to achieve the MDGs by 2015 though there is improvement in the promotion of Global Partnership for Development and Maternal Health as well as progress in promoting Gender Equity and Empowering Women. Universal primary Education is likely to be met though completion rates have been dismal, especially for the girl child.
Sierra Leone has a national statistical office, Statistics Sierra Leone, mandated by statutes for the collection of data on all issues of national interest. The challenges this institution faces range from logistics for timely analysis of data collected; retention of trained personnel; strengthening statistical capacity on development indicators; and improving data availability and quality on development indicators, including the MDGs indicators, in the national statistical system.
The Faculty of Social Sciences, Fourah Bay College (FSSL, FBC) is leading the Sierra Leone case study. Over the course of the research project, FSSL, FBC will examine the challenges and opportunities for applying and measuring progress on a country specific post-2015 agenda in Sierra Leone. FSSL,FBC will engage a broad range of stakeholders at the country level, including national policymakers, development partners, Statistics Sierra Leone and Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI), which are responsible for the collection, analysis and dissemination of data, civil society organizations, academics and the private sector.
Sierra Leone Workshop, in Sierra Leone on May 14th, 2014.