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Sierra Leone: Human Rights

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of progress of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s study on the relationship of social policy issues, gender equality, social inclusion and effectiveness in Sierra Leone. (211718)

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s study on the relationship of social policy issues, gender equality, social inclusion and effectiveness in Sierra Leone was undertaken in Sierra Leone during November and December 2007, with the final report being presented in January 2008.

The Government of Sierra Leone have not undertaken any formal assessment of progress of the study as a whole so far. However, there have been assessments of progress in some specific areas. Of particular note are the campaigns to encourage more women to vote in the up coming local elections, and to stand as candidates (partly funded by DFID under an umbrella programme Promoting Voice and Transparency on Elections, PIVOT). Although the figures will not be known until after the elections, the number of women candidates standing (16.5 per cent.) is nearly double that of last time (9 per cent.).

In the five months since the study’s launch, the Government agency that has responsibility for the monitoring of the study (the Development Assistance Co-ordination Office, DACO) has been focused on finalising two strategic processes:

1. Completing the overall Survey of the Paris Declaration (February and March 2008). This is the strategic process which regularly monitors aid effectiveness issues in partner countries.

2. The production of a new Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, PRSP, which is the National Development Strategy monitored under Indicator One of the Paris Declaration Survey.