This case study explores successive efforts in Sierra Leone, over a period of 25 years, to establish employment and payroll controls, and it considers the lessons learned. It examines the deterioration of records control systems, the loss of control of personnel information, the link between corruption and weak records systems, and the consequences for payroll and personnel management. It describes in detail a successful pilot ‘evidence-based’ payroll verification project in 2008 that provides a new approach to establishing control of pay and personnel information. The pilot now has been expanded to a highly successful national verification exercise. Although the national exercise is beyond the scope of this study, it is significant that even the President of Sierra Leone has been verified as part of the process. The case study draws on reports of work carried out in Sierra Leone by the International Records Management Trust in 1994 and between 2005 and 2008.
International Records Management Trust, 46 pp.