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 flooding to date. The event caused human suffering and 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.
Following the 2017 landslides and floods in Freetown, the Government of Sierra Leone is developing a national Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Policy Framework and associated Bill to strengthen institutional arrangements for DRM.
The activities under this component support the Government to conduct a capacity needs assessment to identify opportunities to strengthen its emergency preparedness and response capabilities. In addition, experts are mobilized to work with the Government to find the best options to strengthen its institutional and policy framework and promote effective disaster and climate risk management.
Component 2: Risk-informed Rehabilitation and Recovery
The ACP-EU NDRR-supported Damage and Loss Assessment indicated that one of the main causes of high loss of life and housing from the August 2017 event was due to poorly planned construction in high-risk areas. The Government is now exploring ways to manage high-risk zones in Freetown, particularly in the areas affected by the August 2017 landslide and floods.
The ACP-EU NDRR project is assisting the government in preparing DRM plans. In addition, the project is preparing a diagnostic report of the current state of construction permitting and land registration systems, and provides recommendations on the integration of DRM in these processes.

The project is in its inception phase.

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 - 07/2020