Following its brutal civil war, which ended in 2002, Sierra Leone was one of the poorest countries in the world, with an average life expectancy of just 41 years. During the decade that followed, the country took major strides to improve governance and was one of the most improved countries in the Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance over the period.
In 2018, Sierra Leone elected a new President and consolidated its democratic gains with its third peaceful transition of power post-war. However, wider progress remains fragile, as the ongoing social and economic consequences of the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak and the collapse in demand for the country’s principal mineral exports have shown. 60% of people live below the national poverty line and only 41% of adults can read and write.
The speed and resilience of Sierra Leone’s development and poverty reduction journey will be determined - by the effectiveness of its government to deliver improved services and capitalise on its natural resources.
Tony Blair is an old friend to us in Sierra Leone dating back to the days when he was Prime Minister. Indeed, he helped us at a time when we needed it most. It is gratifying to note that he and his team are still with us providing advice to deal with the many challenges that we face.”
Ernest Bai Koroma Former President of Sierra Leone