We work in Sierra Leone 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.

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.


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.

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DFID Sierra Leone

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Sierra Leone

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