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Tools for » Enabling Sustainable Livelihoods Through Improved Natural Resource Governance and Economic Diversification in the Kono District, Sierra Leone
Project ID:00091540Description:SDG-F JP Sierra Leone
SDG Fund
Start Date *: 13 Aug 2014
Joint Programmes
End Date*: 3 Jun 2018
Country: Sierra Leone Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

The date indicated in the header is the date of the project preparation grant after the steering committee approval of the concept note, but before the actual official approval of the project document. The official start date as reflected on the project document is: 3 June 2015.


Sectorial area of intervention and policy objectives: Inclusive economic growth for poverty eradication

  • Create opportunities for decent jobs and secure livelihoods
  • Create better government policies and fair and accountable public institutions
  • Promote inclusive and sustainable business practices


Joint programme summary:

The programme is implemented in the framework of a UN multi-agency Area-Based Development (ABD) approach in the Kono district, eastern Sierra Leone. The programme focuses on two broad, interlinked intervention areas that aim to enhance sustainable, inclusive governance of natural resources as well as diversification of sustainable livelihood opportunities in one of the most mineralrich, but least developed areas in the country. The programme has particular significance given the Ebola outbreak that is having devastating social and economic impacts on the country. This programme will contribute greatly to the response and recovery phases through support to the most vulnerable people in Kono, whose livelihoods are gravely affected by the crisis.

The programme is designed with a strong focus on achieving tangible results by building on and complementing previous or ongoing activities of UNDP, FAO, and other partners

1) Inclusiveness, accountability, and transparency in natural resources management.

1.1: Enhanced capacity for environmental monitoring

Enhancing the implementation of legal frameworks is a key priority to promote people-centered and environmentally sustainable exploration and exploitation of natural resources. The capacity of the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), Local Councils, communities, and especially women, will be enhanced to actively participate, interpret, and process environmental and social sustainability impact assessments (ESIA’s), as well as to monitor their implementation. Support will be provided to expand open-access GIS-databases of natural resource use and environmental change to foster transparency and accountability.

1.2: Strengthened dialogue and engagement between development stakeholders and the extractive

Sector Existing platforms established by local NGOs will be engaged to advocate for open and inclusive management of natural resources. The programme will strengthen the capacity of these NGOs to promote constructive dialogue with the extractive sector on economic, social, and cultural rights, with specific focus on women's empowerment.

Opportunities will be identified to address grievances from communities affected by the kimberlite mining industry in the centre of Koidu city, through improved participatory processes with the Community Relations Committee (CRC). Women, who are often left out of these discussions despite being disproportionately affected by unsustainable natural resource management activities, will be equally represented. The programme will strengthen the capacity of women in targeted communities to participate actively in constructive dialogue with the extractive sector.

1.3:Inclusive community development processes facilitated Community Development Agreements (CDAs) are required by law, and involve the allocation of

revenue from extractive activities to local communities. However, insufficient bargaining capacity within communities has led to imbalanced negotiations with the industrial extractive sector. The programme will enhance stakeholder capacity to meaningfully engage in CDA needs assessments, prioritization, planning, budgeting, and monitoring processes. Particular attention will be paid to including provisions that are dedicated to youth employment. Gender equality will also be a high priority – for example ensuring that women are fully involved in the processes and that the specific needs of women, men, girls and boys are met when negotiating CDAs.

2) Livelihoods improved through diversified and inclusive economic opportunities

2.1. Local economy diversified through value chain development, increased entrepreneurship, economic productivity, and improved service delivery.

The programme will support diversification in sectors that offer potential for job creation and business opportunities. Strategic Public-Private Partnerships will be established with regional and local businesses and Local Councils for risk sharing and resource leveraging, with specific focus on promoting job creation and income generation for youth and women. Partnerships will be formed around agriculture, aquaculture, value added trade, mini-processing and production activities, which will be based on the thorough analysis of local market needs. As a first priority communities will be equipped with knowledge and skills to establish and manage miniaquaculture enterprises and poultry-farms. This will contribute to creating livelihood diversification opportunities, as well as improving food and nutrition security, especially in rural areas. Other barriers to economic diversification will be addressed by providing vocational training, building business skills, and offering seed capital and enterprise development to boost self-employment, both in urban and rural areas, based on gaps analyses.

2.2. Economic opportunities for women increased to combat gender inequality

Specific attention in creating economic opportunities by the programme will be directed towards women. Lack of access to decent work for women in Sierra Leone contributes to poverty and to gender-based discrimination. Key entry points for contributing to women’s economic empowerment will be elaborated.

Acknowledging that women’s economic empowerment requires transforming gender relations at all levels, men, diverse groups will be engaged to work towards gender equality, and to question violence and non-equitable versions of manhood. Women’s groups will empower them to play more active roles in decision-making processes.

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