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EU doles EUR 6.5m support to Local Councils, CSOs

August 27, 2018

The European Union Mission in Sierra Leone has doled the total sum of EUR 6.5m (equivalent of Le60 billion) to support Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Local Authorities (LAs) in 10 districts across Sierra Leone.

According to a release from the country office, support to CSOS and Local Authorities remains one of the priorities of the European Union globally as well as here in Sierra Leone.

“These seven projects will support capacities and contributions of CSOs and LAs in the governance and development processes in Sierra Leone,” the release said.

The release noted that focus areas of the seven selected projects would include improving quality of teaching and learning (primary, junior secondary, vocational) and better access to education for children at risk of marginalisation, specifically girls; reinforcing democratic governance, improved transparency, inclusiveness and accountable decision-making, including improved participation of citizens, in particular strengthening the voice of girls and women;  increasing gender equality and empowerment of women and girls in local development processes as well as in decentralised decision-making and local government; enhancing managerial, organisational and technical capacities of Sierra Leonean CSOs and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and strengthening administrative and operational capacities of local authorities to carry out their legal mandates, including through collaborative efforts between local authorities.

The release further stated that when selecting the projects, particular attention was focused on ensuring that all actions proposed are in line with government policies and joint monitoring by EU, and that National Administration representatives will be conducted during the implementation phase.

The  EU revealed that projects partners FONDAZIONE AVSL, Trocaire, Health Limited, Action Aid Int. Sierra Leone, APT Action on Poverty, Port Loko District Council and Bo district Council were selected through a competitive process and that activities will be carried out throughout the country.

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