Please provide an update on the extent and type of corruption in Sierra Leone, including an assessment of government action to combat corruption. It would be particularly useful to have your expert view on lessons learned and how to build on positive reforms.
Almost 10 years after the end of the civil war, Sierra Leone continues to face major challenges of weak governance, widespread poverty and systemic corruption. Anti-corruption institutions lack resources, staff and expertise. The political will to fight corruption has been questioned on many occasions.However, after the 2007 peaceful change of government, there are some positive indications. Recent reforms of the Anti-Corruption Commission have extended its powers and contributed to significantly improve its capacity to investigate and prosecute corruption cases. Emerging civil society activism, an outspoken media and the support of the international community are promising factors accompanying this positive trend.
Chêne, M. Overview of corruption and anti-corruption in Sierra Leone. U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, CMI, Bergen, Norway (2010) 6 pp. [U4 Expert Answer 256]