Under its governance and civil society support to Local Councils in Sierra Leone, The European Union under the 11th European Union Development Fund has boosts Karene and Fabala Districts with the signing of SSL 13 billion grant each-totalling SL 26 billion for the two districts.
The grant aims at empowering local governments to be able to implementing and have a decentralized approach to service delivery in their respective municipalities. The support is in line with the Government of Sierra Leone’s Medium Term National Development Plan (MTNDP) 2019-2023.
The European Union supports decentralisation within and outside its borders because they believe the success of development lies with people-centred solutions adapted in local context.
Both grants are provided in the framework of the European Union’s “Support to Civil Society and Local Authorities for local development in Sierra Leone”. The grant will support institutional capacity building of the Councils, create investments to boost economic growth and increase revenue generation and effective service delivery at the local levels.
Falaba and Karene districts which are newly created districts will also use the grant to provide training for farmers and farming inputs and construct drying and storage facilities for improved agricultural production, food security and value chain development.
The grant will further help to rehabilitate feeder roads, construction of culverts and market stalls for improved accessibility of farmers and traders to market centres, construction and rehabilitation of boreholes to improve access to potable water and life-stock management in a bid to address critical needs of their respective local populations.
This financial support also hopes to contribute towards post COVID-19 socio-economic recovery and effective service delivery to the people of the two sister districts (Karene and Falaba).
Further information about EU’s support to Local councils and Civil Society Organisations in Sierra Leone, please visit EU’s Facebook page: @EUinSierraLeone, and NAO’s Facebook page: @NAOSIERRALEONE