Find out how the UK will respond to opportunities and challenges, what is being achiveved for the UK and who we are working with.

More than half of the population in Sierra Leone live on less than $1.25 a day, and Sierra Leone is one of the riskiest places for women to give birth and for young children to live. Few young people leave school with a good education. Electricity reaches only around 10% of the population and opportunities to earn income are very limited for the 100,000 young people entering the job market each year.

Since the UK helped to end Sierra Leone’s 1992 civil war, the country has restored democratic governance, peace and stability. But when Ebola struck in 2014, the UK had to provide large-scale support for a second time. Ensuring we do not have to intervene a third time is a key objective of the UK’s investment in Sierra Leone. That will require Sierra Leone to be able to better tackle crises itself, to deliver better public services so that it has a healthy, better educated workforce, to take action to encourage more businesses and investment to create jobs, and to address corruption and a lack of accountability in public life.

To find out how the UK will respond to the opportunities and challenges, what is being achieved for the UK and who we are working with please read the full country profile for Sierra Leone.

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