October 2, 2022

By Tony Yayo

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is in the process of securing up to one hundred and two million dollars to undertake its country programs in Sierra Leone.

This was according to UNDP Resident Representative in Sierra Leone, Dr. Samuel Doe, during the maiden UNDP Country Program Document (CPD 2020-2023) Board meeting.
The meeting is expected to set the stage for the reviewing of the UNDP Country Office performance on the CPD implementation.

Dr. Samuel Doe, UNDP Resident Representative, while thanking the people of Sierra Leone, including development partners for their support to the UNDP program cycle in the last 4-years, noted that, despite the several tragedies including Ebola, mudslide and flooding, their programs had proved to be largely successful.
He said the UNDP was hoping the next four years would be a period of development and result-oriented, as outlined in the document.
Dr. Doe said he was looking forward to working closely with the board to deliver in the ’Year of Delivery’ and the 4-year UNDP program cycle.

The CPD, which is estimated at US$102 million over a 4-year period, would be implemented through two interdependent clusters, which are inclusive democratic governance (IDG) and sustainability and local economic development (SLED).

The funds are expected to be mobilised mostly from non-core resources.
In his response, the Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Francis Kai-Kai, said that the CPD Board, which is the highest decision-making body designed to ensure UNDP’s accountability for activities, results, and the judicious use of resources, while fostering national ownership and alignment to national agendas, would provide an overall guidance and direction in the implementation of the CPD.
He continued that this would ensure the core standards of best value for money, fairness, integrity, transparency, accountability and ‘Leave no-one behind’.
Minister Kai-Kai also expressed his gratitude to colleagues present from key ministries expected to participate in the implementation of the UNDP Country Program Document. He noted that it demonstrated the government’s commitment to supporting the CPD (2020-2023).
He said the board would guide programming and support development management, which would play a critical role in the country’s road to delivery in year 2020.

Dr. Kai-Kai said the President Bio-led government was deeply focused in addressing issues within key sectors, targeting Human Capital Development, which, he said, was adequately covered by the UNDP CPD (2020-2023), especially within the youth sector.
“This government is passionate about making sure the youths are focused and continue to be critical in the development process of Sierra Leone. It is crucial for us to empower and strengthen the capacity of young people, as key actors in promoting the National Development Agenda,” he said.