Implementation of MCC’s threshold program for Sierra Leone satisfactory, reveals mid-term review

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August 23, 2018

By Ibrahim Tarawallie

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Participants at the official launch of Sierra Leone’s Threshold Program mid-term review document

Respondents in a mid-term review of Sierra Leone’s Threshold Programme under the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) have rated the implementation ‘satisfactory.’

The mid-term evaluation process of the implementation of the programme from 2016 to 2018, which qualifies the country for a grant, was carried out in April by the Millennium Challenge Coordinating Unit to assess performance and progress of the projects.

The mid-term review focuses on electricity and water sectors reform projects, which have been providing technical assistance to the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA), Electricity Generation and Transmission Company (EGTC) and the Guma Valley Water Company respectively.

In November 2015, the government of Sierra Leone and the United States government signed a US$44.4 million grant, known as an MCC Threshold Program, to support policy reforms, build institutional capacity, and improve governance in the water and electricity sectors, with a focus on Freetown.

According to respondents, they were impressed with the level of involvement and interaction with MCCU staff and the provision of services and support to informational inputs and studies.

They believed strongly that the quality of technical assistance provided by the programme was good and beneficial to the capacity-building needs of the implementing entities.

During the review, it came out clearly that there is high expectation of implementing entities and stakeholders about support from the programme, which is not aligned with the provision of the design.

However, the review noted a sense of unwillingness on the part of some staff of the various entities to accept change and improve performance, as well as the lack of sense of ownership by the implementing entities of ongoing reforms being provided by the programme.

Meanwhile, management of implementing entities was urged to cascade information about the program to other levels of management.