Sierra Leone moved one place up from last year in the Human Development Report launched last Thursday, but the country failed in its task to improve on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which the country will fail to meet by next year says the UNDP.
With all the recent political and socio-economic achievements, Sierra Leone will not meet its targets for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. UNDP and other UN agencies supported an MDG Needs Assessment which gauged the human resources, infrastructure and finances required in twelve priority areas identified by the government: agriculture, education, gender, health, HIV/AIDS, the environment, transportation, energy, water and sanitation, science, innovation and technology, private sector development and job creation, and public sector management.?
The assessment underlined the importance of economic growth, recommending investment in agriculture, mining, fisheries and tourism and the need for a macro-economic framework and growth strategy.
The total cost of investment required from 2007 to 2015 was estimated at $19 billion. Almost 60% of this cost is for infrastructure, especially building and maintaining roads.??
UNDP’s coordination role of mobilizing inputs from development partners is assisting the government in the preparation of the Agenda for Prosperity, the third Generation Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), while ensuring that the MDGs are taken into account, especially in the Human Development Pillar of the PRSP III. As a medium-term development plan, the PRSP III covers 2013-2017.
It aims to bring about major socio-economic transformations for enhanced human development in line with the Sierra Leone Government’s aspirations for the country to attain middle-income status.
The strategy also takes into account the need for inclusive, broad-based economic growth which is also sustainable in terms of safeguarding the environment as well as ensuring equity in distribution of income between current and future generations.
It therefore emphasizes economic diversification to enhance productivity in agriculture, fisheries, manufacturing and tourism to support the increased creation of job opportunities to absorb the large pool of unemployed youth.
The UN Country Team has aligned its development support to Government policy priorities including the MDGs in the UN Transitional Joint Vision (2013-2014).
Importantly, the Government of Sierra Leone has provided effective leadership in driving progress towards the achievement of the MDGs and the Ministry of Education has undertaken awareness-raising campaigns which have resulted in the general population’s greater awareness and engagement the national development agenda and the MDGs.
Wednesday July 30, 2014