Sierra Leone


Promotion of Pro-Poor Growth for Peace Consolidation Programme (GPC III)


Peace building in Sierra Leone is a success story and a persisting challenge at a time. After the 1991-2002 Civil War had left 50,000 people dead and over two million displaced, the country has recovered to a way of consolidation, democracy and long-term sustainable development. Among international post-conflict assistance Germany has contributed to this perspective by way of Technical Cooperation's „Employment Promotion Programme“ (EPP) and the Financial Cooperation Programme of GPC. In view of Sierra Leone's youthful population (about 60% of the population is under the age of 25) and an unemployment rate of almost 60% in this cohort - attributed to high levels of illiteracy and unskilled labor, a lack of private sector jobs, and low pay - the programmes try to restore agricultural productivity and create work and income, to prevent that peace and stability are once again put at risk.

While GPC I pursued immediate post-conflict aid in the Kailahun and Koinadugu districts, GPC II, equally implemented by ECO/GITEC-IGIP, extended its activities to Kono district and moved towards consolidation of the achievements in view to post-project sustainability. To re-establish and promote the economic potential feeder roads construction in rural areas was prioritised as a means to increase employment opportunities for young people. Key stakeholders were capacitated to operate and maintain these and other infrastructure facilities, such as bridges and grain stores.

Under GPC II's implementation by ECO Consult/GITEC-IGIP the road access to the intervention regions significantly improved. Road conditions now enable year-round traffic and the transport of goods, with a marked increase in traffic and thriving freight-hauling businesses. Transport cost were reduced, resulting in an added incentive for agricultural producers. District Councils prefer the quality of roads built by the GPC programme over that of roads built by other donor-supported interventions, and requests are still rising.
Innovative for the whole of Sierra Leone, we introduced a system of timely instalments of contactors tied to the verified progress of measured works which ensures timely finalisation of construction projects.

Building on this success and with an again extended geographical coverage, the current GPC III's four components are: infrastructure investment with a view to ensuring fully compliant and still economically viable infrastructure projects; support to district councils in feeder road maintenance, operation and maintenance; trainings for stakeholders in the communities; and capacity building in general, as a cross-cutting activity under any of the components.

Construction projects will be synchronized with the dry season to stimulate seasonal employment during periods when agriculture is dormant and the rural population lacks alternative income sources (while in the rainy season work peaks in agriculture do not allow full-time employment). This kind of complementary occupation provided by the project serves to cushion off social hardships which would otherwise stimulate migration.

Activities in detail:

  • develop an innovative Environmental and Social Management Planning (ESMP) concept as a pilot and demonstration tool with the potential to be mainstreamed into NaCSA’s internal organisational routines
  • procurement, supervision and evaluation of construction and maintenance works
  • development of training modules aimed at NaCSA-HQ and district-level engineers charged with the technical and financial assessment of infrastructure projects, application of the ESMP concept
  • alignment of FC/TC contributions with regard to the development of agricultural value chains
  • further develop the design and procurement of income generating facilities (grain stores, water wells and livestock paddocks, solar power appliances) that are managed by facility management committees (FMCs), with emphasis on involving women’s groups who directly benefit from them
  • enhance transparency/accountability

Time span
2019 - 2023

Commissioning body

NaCSA

Cooperation partner
GITEC-IGIP

Television broadcast on occasion of NaCSA field visit

In May 2020 NaCSA paid a three-day supervision visit to the GPC project. On the occasion the benefits and success of the infrastructure measures were reported about in a short TV report. (use right mouse click to enlarge and play)

Radio broadcast about the project

In May 2020, citizens were also informed about the goals and progress of the GPC project through the radio. (use right mouse click to play)


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