We work in Sierra Leone and Liberia to support growth and to help lead the country towards a prosperous future.

On 17 November 2012, 10 years after the end the brutal civil war, Sierra Leone held its third democratic elections.

This was a significant turning point in the country’s post-war history, marking the end of a decade-long period of post-conflict recovery. However, Sierra Leone remains one of the world’s poorest countries. It sits eighth from the bottom of the UN Human Development Index (HDI).

The UK is the biggest bilateral donor in Sierra Leone. DFID plays a leading role in shaping donor aid policy and strategies around transitioning Sierra Leone towards a developmental path of prosperity and growth.

DFID’s programmes in Liberia are also run from the Sierra Leone office.

Liberia is also recovering from civil war and faces similar economic and social challenges to Sierra Leone.

It is 6th from the bottom of the UN HDI. The UK’s aid programme has a strategic focus on infrastructure and improved health services.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was Africa’s first woman president. Along with our Prime Minister and the President of Indonesia, she is co-chairing the UN High Level Panel on the post-2015 international development goals.

DFID funds many organisations who are working to end poverty through open competition. Find out more about how our funding schemes work and the application processes.

For detailed information on our programme and what the UK spends on development in Sierra Leone, see the DFID Sierra Leone operational plan 2013. See also our Development Tracker to explore international development projects funded by the UK government by country and sector.

Contact us

DFID Sierra Leone

5 Off Spur Road
Wilberforce

Freetown
Sierra Leone

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