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Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is a state in West Africa that borders Guinea to the north and east, Liberia to the southeast and the central Atlantic Ocean to the west. Freetown is the capital and largest city of the country. After its brutal civil war, which raged from 1991 to 2002 and claimed tens of thousands of lives, the country is busy rebuilding and coming to terms with recent history.

By the time Ebola erupted in May 2014, Sierra Leone had bigger plans - to reach middle-income state status by 2035. The pandemic has severely set back the West African country; it is now characterised by critical structural poverty and governance challenges, is heavily indebted and one of the poorest countries in the world. This has resulted in high youth unemployment and corruption. Weak governance continues to undermine the country’s economy. There is currently little room for development.

PSUP Contributions and Achievements

Since Sierra Leone only recently joined the countries working with the PSUP, there are no concrete contributions to list in this section. However, we expect our work to contribute to the country’s community development and a better life for slum dwellers.

www.unhabitat.org/psup
Email: unhabitat-psup@un.org
Ms Kerstin Sommer
Slum Upgrading Unit Leader,
Project Leader PSUP
kerstin.sommer@un.org

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