Sierra Leone Update. PWYP Regional Strategic Meeting 3-5 December 2005, KRIBI Joe Rahall. Politics & Security Sierra Leone is now politically stable, but is aware of the prevailing sub-regional situation e.g. Guinea & Liberia which could be a threat to its new found peace
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Sierra Leone Update
PWYP Regional Strategic Meeting
3-5 December 2005, KRIBI
Politics & Security
Sierra Leone is now politically stable, but is aware of the prevailing sub-regional situation e.g. Guinea & Liberia which could be a threat to its new found peace
Current political trends and the upcoming 2007 elections needs to be carefully monitored
The marginalisation & unemployment of youth is a concern and can be exploited for ill purpose.
Economic & Social
There has been improved economic growth, and the SLPRSP has been developed and now at the implementation phase
There is increase in mining activities due to the country’s rich mineral resources such as gold, diamonds, Titanium dioxide, Bauxite, Iron ore, and recently oil and very recently there is talk of Coltan.
Export earnings from especially diamonds have increased dramatically.
Despite the increase in export earnings, people have continued to be impoverished and to live in poverty for want of a well organized extractive sector; a sector that should be open, transparent and accountable to its citizens.
Secrecy and corruption are prevalent in the extractive sector to the extent that host communities of the extractive sector have not benefited much from the exploitation of minerals in their regions.
Empower CSOs and build a critical mass of activists to engage government and companies on extractives with the view to influencing their corporate responsibilities in the interest of affected communities
Work with the government of Sierra Leone to secure the best interest of Sierra Leone in the extractive industry
Network and form coalitions and alliances with CSOs in the West Africa and Africa, as a whole, on securing the best interests of their citizens in the extractives industry.
Empower affected communities to define, articulate and defend their interests
Advocate for the Government of Sierra Leone since it has endorsed, to implement the extractive industry transparency initiative (EITI)
Work to expand the EITI to include marine, forestry and other natural resource extraction apart from mining
This strategic plan adopts an empowering approach for CSOs, communities and government to enable them critically engage with companies and their home governments aimed at securing the best interest of Sierra Leone. Specifically and strategically the plan will
Empower communities to engage companies in articulating and defending their rights and livelihoods
Empower government (national planning, mining commission and legislature) to better play their planning and oversight and negotiation responsibilities aimed at securing the best interest of Sierra Leone
Enable NACE network with similar organisations and initiatives in west Africa and globally
Empower CSOs to critically engage companies and lobby government to begin to implement the EITI and to expand it to include all extractives like forestry and marine resources;
S.L. Indigenous Miners Movement
Community Advocacy & Development Movement
Anti Corruption Commission
Global Rights Partners for Justice
Min. of Local Govt. & Community Devt.
Min. of Mineral Resources
16. Parliamentary Committee on Mining
- tools of engagement
- Analysis (Budget, IFIs etc)