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A planning session for vulnerable groups, part of the Christian Aid project to strengthen public financial management, anti-corruption and accountability institutions in Sierra Leone
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Finance, anti-corruption and accountability in Sierra Leone

This project works to strengthen public financial management, anti-corruption and accountability institutions in Sierra Leone.

Our mission is to ensure that public resources support inclusive development, which benefits all the citizens of Sierra Leone. We are focussing on improving public financial management, revenue generation and anti-corruption efforts.

Running from March 2019 to June 2020, this project is funded by UK aid and implemented by a consortium of civil society organisations, headed by Christian Aid. Other consortium members include: Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law, Budget Advocacy Network and Restless Development.

Jump to the end of the page to read our 2020 research

    Key information

    Location

    Sierra Leone

    Timescale

    March 2019-June 2020 (with potential second phase)

    Programme value

    £996,653 

    Target population

    Ministries Department and Agencies of Government, civil society, media

    Consortium members

    Christian Aid, Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law, Budget Advocacy Network, Restless Development

    Funded by
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    UK aid

    Youth accountability volunteers training, part of the Christian Aid project to strengthen public financial management, anti-corruption and accountability institutions in Sierra Leone
    Youth accountability volunteers training, part of the Christian Aid project to strengthen public financial management, anti-corruption and accountability institutions in Sierra Leone
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    Our approach

    The programme is being delivered through effective citizen engagement, data collection and analysis, and policy advocacy engagement with key government ministries/agencies and local authorities.

    Three key outputs:

    1. Improved public revenue generation.
    2. Strengthened public expenditure management systems.
    3. Oversight and anti-corruption institutions are strengthened in their ability to deliver.

    Aiming to support:

    • increased revenue mobilisation;
    • enhanced systems strengthening to promote prudent public spending and transparency;
    • improved citizens' awareness and engagement in anti-corruption efforts;
    • and facilitating activities to strengthen anti-corruption institutions for the enhancement of quality service delivery.

     

    Achievements

    After 10 months the consortium has delivered key national products such as: 

    We have also: 

    • supported a more inclusive process for the 2020 budget, by promoting the participation of vulnerable groups
    • provided technical support to the development of the national tax waver policy, which could lead to vast increases in revenue generation and improvements to the business environment, recruited and trained a group of youth accountability volunteers to support engagements, especially at community and district levels, to promote the involvement of young people
    • engaged Ministries Department and Agencies of Government (MDAs), civil society organisations, citizens and media across the country on our citizen’s perception survey findings, triggering nationwide debates and response
    • gained buy-in and adoption of research findings from MDAs on our citizen’s perception survey reports (tax and corruption), cost of corruption report, tax waiver policy paper and audit scorecards. 
    2019 Tax Perception Survey Report

    Read our 2019 Tax Perception Survey Report

    Find out more
    Our vision is a Sierra Leone where poor and marginalised women and men have equal access to resources and services and can thrive.
    Women in Sierra Leone, who feature in our Christian Aid Week appeal, at a clinic with a nurse.
    Christian Aid believes that poverty is structural, caused by imbalances in power. Good governance is essential to ensure the rights of the poorest.
    Voice to the People (V2P)
    Research
    Read our Audit Scorecards and Budget Credibility Report.
    This scorecard assesses the issues and recommendations made by the annual Auditor General's report, and whether they've been implemented by the MDA
    This scorecard assesses the issues and recommendations made by the annual Auditor General's report, and whether they've been implemented by the MDA
    This scorecard assesses the issues and recommendations made by the annual Auditor General's report, and whether they've been implemented by the MDA
    This scorecard assesses the issues and recommendations made by the annual Auditor General's report, and whether they've been implemented by the MDA
    This budget credibility report examines the extent, nature, causes and consequences of deviations from approved budgets and policies from 2017 to 2

    Audit Scorecards (Agriculture, Education, Health, National Revenue Authority)

    The role of the public service is to deliver goods and services with integrity and in a way that ensures efficiency and effectiveness. The Audit Service provides external oversight on the operations of government, its management of finance and delivery of public services.

    On an annual basis the Audit Service submits to parliament a report on the handling of government finances. Past annual reports highlight that there have been cash losses to the public purse worth billions of Leones. Every year, the Auditor General’s report comes up with similar findings/recommendations, however there is little improvement/follow up from MDAs to address them.

    These scorecards looks to assess the issues and recommendations and check whether they are been implemented by the MDAs.

    Audit scorecard: agriculture

    Audit scorecard: education

    Audit scorecard: health

    Audit scorecard: national revenue authority

    Latest Reports

    June 2020, Sierra Leone Anti-Corruption Court Monitoring Report

    Cost of Corruption in Sierra Leone Report, 2019

    Corruption Perception Survey Report, 2019

    Contact us

    Mattia Dimoh MDimoh@christian-aid.org

    Admay Gebeh-Mustapha Agebeh-mustapha@christian-aid.org 

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