Technical and financial cooperation

The cooperation between the European Union and the Government of Sierra Leone has a long history stretching back over 35 years. This cooperation has been guided by the principles and objectives of the successive ACP-EU Conventions and Partnership Agreement.

In conformity with the fundamental principles and objectives of the revised ACP-EU Partnership Agreement, a Country Strategy Paper and National Indicative Programme defining the main axes of our cooperation, have been developed jointly by the Government of Sierra Leone and the European Commission. These documents, which constitute the basis for the European Commission's development assistance in Sierra Leone, are aligned with the priorities identified by the Government in its Poverty Reduction Strategy, the "Agenda for Change".

The six-year National Indicative Programme for Sierra Leone under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) amounts to €270 million. These resources will be allocated primarily to two priority sectors: governance (€37 million) and infrastructure (€95 million). The National Indicative Programme also provides for a €118 million allocation for budget support and support to public financial management reforms.

Other key sectors are also targeted under the 10th EDF National Indicative Programme such as rural development and trade-related assistance.

Living up to its commitment to step up its development assistance, the 10th EDF allocation to Sierra Leone is characterised by a significant increase in the volume of aid.

Finally, the European Union is committed to implement the aid effectiveness principles detailed in the Paris Declaration (2005) and Accra Agenda for Action (2009). In Sierra Leone for instance, the European Union has aligned its cooperation programme with the Government's own strategy and an increasing share of its financial support is using country systems (notably via budget support). The EU Delegation in Freetown has also been actively coordinating its activities with other donors to avoid duplication and overlaps and is favouring pool funding mechanisms wherever possible to finance key projects.