Governance is a key sector for EU cooperation with Sierra Leone.
Two main programmes are ongoing:
The €27 million European Union (EU) programme supporting governance in Sierra Leone, launched in November 2017, directed at supporting democratic processes, implementing civil registration and improving public service delivery. Under the programme, there are four specific areas of work:
- Supporting the National Electoral Commission (NEC) in the run-up to the March 2018 elections, through the multi-donor UNDP electoral assistance project. Beyond elections, NEC will benefit from technical assistance (TA) on Governance.
- Implementing selected priority areas of Parliament’s strategic plan, and key infrastructural upgrades, as well as strengthening legislative capacity, will enhance its institutional relevance and effectiveness. Support will be provided through technical assistance and through rehabilitation work on the Parliament building.
- Supporting the National Civil Registration Authority will help improve the civil registration system to allow information based decision making and service delivery by relevant State Institutions.
- Rebuilding the civil service will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public service delivery, and the EU will continue to collaborate with the Government of Sierra Leone on civil service reform, providing TA and other support.
The €23 million EU programme supporting decentralisation in Sierra Leone focuses on Local Authorities (LAs) and Civil Society (CSOs) in four pre-selected districts, and seeks to achieve the following objectives:
- LAs are empowered to fulfil their mandate and to implement development plans.
- CSOs positively contribute to public policy making and service provision in rural areas