Governance, Accountability and Effective Basic Service Delivery in Sierra Leone

Service delivery indcludes basic primary education, water supply and feeder roads in Sierra Leone.

Abstract

Sierra Leone’s Post-War development is normatively and politically hinged on a signpost of good governance. Almost all the governance related strategies and public policy documents articulate the consequences of bad governance. Most of these policies argue that bad governance is not only the most dominant factor for the causes of the ten-years bloodiest war in the country’s history but it is also believed to be the main cause of the endemic poverty that has kept Sierra Leone at the bottom of the Human Development Index. Governance Actors basic services such as primary education, water supply and feeder roads are public goods that are necessary if not a right for all households in the country. The main finding in this analysis is that in spite of the dominance of the public sector in the delivery of these services, there is still diversity in the provision of these services with the private and communities playing a significant role.

This report was produced in the context of a Global Research Project, ‘Varieties of Governance: Effective Public Service Delivery’, supported by the UK Government through the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR).

Citation

Centre for Economic and Social Policy Analysis. Governance, Accountability and Effective Basic Service Delivery in Sierra Leone. Centre for Economic and Social Policy Analysis, Freetown, Sierra Leone (2012) 83 pp.

Governance, Accountability and Effective Basic Service Delivery in Sierra Leone

Published 1 November 2012