Sierra Leone: Informing Resilient Recovery Policy, Planning and Investments in Freetown

Context and Objectives

On 14 August 2017, Freetown experienced one of its most severe landslides and floods. The event caused human suffering and widespread destruction of infrastructure. The Government of Sierra Leone requested support for the implementation of the Government's Resilient Recovery and Preparedness Program, building on the ACP-EU NDRR Program-financed Damage and Loss Assessment and the Multi-Hazard and Risk Assessment.

In response to this request, this follow-up ACP-EU NDRR project was approved to support the government to:

  • Strengthen its institutions and capacity for disaster risk management;
  • Manage high-risk zones in Freetown. 

The ACP-EU NDRR Project informs the implementation of the $10 million World Bank-financed Freetown Emergency Recovery Program, which focuses on building back better infrastructure damaged by the disaster.

Main Activities

Component 1: Strengthening institutions and capacity for enhanced disaster recovery, preparedness, response, and risk management.

Component 2: Risk-informed Rehabilitation and Recovery.


The following activities have been implemented: 

  • A policy guidance note was developed on Disaster Risk Management institutional arrangements;
  • Terms of Reference were developed for the Disaster Risk Management framework, and technical assistance for emergency preparedness, early warning systems, and response drills;
  • 4 government officials were supported to attend the Understanding Risk West Africa conference in Abidjan.

Partnerships and Coordination

The project is implemented in close coordination with government counterparts. The main counterparts for Component 1 is the Office of National Security, and the counterparts for Component 2 are the Office of National Security, the Freetown City Council, the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Environment, the National Protected Areas Authority, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Useful Links

The ACP-EU NDRR Program-financed Sierra Leone Post-Mudslides and Floods Needs Assessment is available here.

  • Africa
Window of Action
  • Window 3
Amount approved
  • $450,000
  • 10/2018 - 12/2020