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West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI);
On April 11, the Republic of Sierra Leone marked the start of a fourteen days inter-district lockdown (from 11 to 24 April 2020) to combat the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic in the country.The fourteen days inter-district lockdown is a significant milestone. It refers to the incubation period – 14 days – of the virus, as stipulated by the World Health Organization. If Sierra Leoneans show the maximum compliance to all social distancing regulations, it will be a remarkable turnaround for the Republic of Sierra Leone and a testament to the bravery and dedication of health workers, some of whom have been infected with the virus while treating the sick.Sierra Leone as of Friday, 17 April 2020 has recorded 26 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with a total of 531 in mandatory quarantine homes. This number keeps rising. The very first Coronavirus case was documented in Sierra Leone on 31 March and it involved a 37-year-old man who arrived in the country from France on an Air Brussels flight on the 16 March. Once she tested positive, she was immediately put into quarantine. It is prudent that the government has introduced social-distancing rules of varying strictness to combat the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, but, the question of how long these measures should remain in place has sparked vigorous debate. Many economists and psychologists have warned that a lengthy period of de facto home detention will damage people's financial and mental health, while epidemiologists argue that maintaining lockdowns will help to flatten the contagion curve more quickly. Policymakers designing measures to inform the countries' response to COVID-19 would have to take both views into account – a challenging dilemma and dire reality!
Open Society Foundations;
The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls on governments to ensure equal access to justice for all—recognizing that justice is essential for inclusive development.But how can we ensure that everyone—regardless of wealth or social status—can get access to the protection of the law?As part of the global effort to support the implementation of Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda (building peaceful and inclusive societies), the Open Society Foundations are supporting efforts to institutionalize nationwide community-based justice services in 11 countries: Indonesia, Kenya, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Ukraine, and the United States.This series of fact sheets provides basic information on a range of different approaches to the provision of primary legal services around the world.The approaches vary, but the aim is the same: to ensure that everyone can use the law themselves to find concrete solutions to their day-to-day justice problem
This evaluation report is presented as part of the Effectiveness Review Series 2015/16, selected for review under the humanitarian response thematic area using the application of Oxfam's Humanitarian Indicator Toolkit (HIT). The report presents the findings from the evaluation carried out in 2015 of Oxfam's humanitarian response to the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone. The first case in Sierra Leone was declared on 24 May 2014 and by the end of July 2014 the government of Sierra Leone had declared a State of Emergency. This evaluation covers the period from August 2014 until the end of April 2015. Initially the Ebola crisis was viewed as a health emergency requiring responses from medical agencies; there was uncertainty whether Oxfam had the ability to respond to the nature of the emergency as a health crisis. Once this was resolved, Oxfam began activities in September 2014 with distributions of consumable materials, Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) activities in treatment centres and awareness-raising campaigns. The programme scaled up with the Community Health Workers from the end of October 2014. There were no Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods (EFSVL) activities delivered to beneficiaries during the period of this evaluation other than a small cash transfer to quarantined communities. The evaluation therefore mostly covers the Public Health Engineering (PHE) and Public Health Promotion (PHP) interventions, and awareness-raising activities conducted. Humanitarian Indicator Tool (HIT) is a methodology designed to estimate the degree to which the programme meets 15 recognised quality standards via a desk review.Read more about Oxfam's Effectiveness Reviews.
Pro Victimis Foundation;
An independent study conducted by a French NGO in Sierra Leone at the end of 2010 surveyed all existing water access points across three districts, documenting in detail the quality of the 2,859 structures identified. Only 30% of the structures in place were found to be capable of delivering access to safe water throughout the year. Analysis of the results indicate that the low level of functionality reflects a supply-driven approach, a decrease in the quality of construction and an absence of attention to socio-organisational factors long known to be absolutely essential to the proper functioning of the systems. Given the critical importance of access to safe drinking water and the disparity between the stated intentions of donor organisations and the realities on the ground, the survey provides a telling picture that could be used as a basis for change and increased effectiveness.
Eastern Kentucky University;
The purpose of this paper is to provide snapshots of observations, interventions, and processes in the day to day working of a child charity in Sierra Leone.
Oxfam's Women in Leadership (WIL) Project (2003-2006) aimed to improve the status and role of women in the development of Sierra Leone. It sought to do this by building women's leadership capacity in politics and civil society. It has sought to do this by building women's leadership capacity in politics and civil society with a two-fold remit: to provide support for female candidates in the 2004 local council elections; and to build the capacity of women's civil society organisations. This mid-term review aims to: review progress against objectives and aw out lesson learnt to inform future planned activity; provide recommendations for possible areas of support by DFID to upcoming elections; and function as Oxfam's end of project evaluation for the institutional strengthening component of the project.
PACER is a five year project between Oxfam GB and the 50/50 Group of Sierra Leone (a local women's NGO). It aims to support the government to reduce poverty and vulnerability by promoting the equal participation of women and men in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of poverty reduction and development initiatives. The mid-term evaluation takes a participatory approach, aiming for reflection and common learning amongst those involved in the project. The rationale is to obtain perspectives on impact and lessons learned, in addition to assessing what has worked, what has not, and why. Resulting recommendations will then feed into the process of developing strategies for the remaining part of the project.
The 'Strengthening and Linking Women-Led Efforts to Promote Women's Property and Literacy Rights in Sierra Leone' project was carried out by Oxfam and partners in two districts of Sierra Leone from 2010 to 2013.The project had two aims. First, to strengthen the capacity of and improve networking between community-based groups and national women's networks to raise awareness of women's property and literacy rights. Second, to advocate for greater participation of women in decision making on property ownership and for a more enabling environment for women to exercise their property and literacy rights.These reports document the findings of a quasi-experimental evaluation carried out in March 2013 that sought to assess the impact of the activities of this project.
The health, empowerment and livelihoods programme [HELP], Kailahun, ran from 2004 to 2007. Its overall objectives were: consolidation of peace and stability; establishment of efficient links between relief, rehabilitation and long term development interventions; economic recovery; and sustainable economic and social development. This final evaluation aims to answer four key questions: To what extent have goals and objectives been met? Do beneficiaries now have a better quality of life? What has been learnt to inform future programmes? And how relevant was the programme design?
This report presents the findings of an effectiveness review carried out on Oxfam's response to the 2012 cholera response in Sierra Leone that was undertaken through the application of Oxfam's Humanitarian Indicator Tool. Overall the response scored 87% and met or almost met nine of the 10 standards that were relevant to the response. This provides a measure of a high quality response, clearly exceeding the 60% cut-off point. This was based on deploying experienced specialist emergency staff from the global pool in good time, applying Oxfam's cholera response guidelines effectively and building on the core programme's profile and experience. The relationships with community-based structures, the Government and UN that had been developed through this work enabled greater efficiency and speed. Identified weaknesses in preparedness measures which slowed the initial response have been rectified, developing an updated cholera contingency plan with clear triggers aligned to the cholera guidelines and reinforcing the importance of cholera preparedness central to the urban WASH programme.
Nearly half the population of Sierra Leone is under the age of 18 years, and the impact of the Ebola crisis on their lives now and on their future opportunities has been far-reaching: no school; loss of family members and friends to the virus; and changing roles and responsibilities in the home and the community.To date, there has not been a formal process for children to outline their own priorities for recovery to decision-makers. In mid-March 2015, child-centred agencies conducted a Children's Ebola Recovery Assessment (CERA) in nine districts across Sierra Leone to create a mechanism for more than 1,100 boys and girls, to discuss issues of concern; assess the impact of the crisis on their roles, responsibilities and future opportunities; and to formulate their recommendations for recovery.The findings of the CERA powerfully demonstrate the diverse and interconnected impact of the outbreak for children living through the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone. Children identified four issues of concern:The impact of school closure on their learning, social interaction and protection and their desire to return to education;The many and varied direct impacts Ebola has had on their lives, including grief, fear and anxiety;Limited access to healthcare for common health problems; andThe wider economic impact of the crisis on their families and communities, including access to food and family livelihoods.
Sierra Leone has declared a public health state of emergency in a bid to contain the spread of Ebola. Since then, quarantine measures have been imposed, including self-quarantines informed by district and chiefdom bye-laws and government-imposed quarantines.An effective quarantine strategy provides a means of mitigating the spread of Ebola and saving lives, but only when implemented correctly. In November 2014, standard operational procedures (SOPs) on the management of quarantines were released by the National Ebola Response Coordination (NERC), in order to streamline operations across the country. This briefing examines the role of quarantines in response to the Ebola crisis, and provides recommendations to ensure that peoples' rights are met and quarantines can be used as a successful tool to reduce transmission. It is one of a series of Oxfam briefings on the Ebola crisis and response.Read more about Oxfam's response to Ebola.