Cordaid in Sierra Leone
Our health system strengthening program increases the capacities of health structures to deliver life-saving interventions of the right scope, and to diminish maternal and child mortality in Sierra Leone, which are among the highest in the world.
Cordaid has a teenage pregnancy reduction program in Bombali, Pujehun and Kenema districts. This program is fully in line with the national strategy for the reduction of teenage pregnancy, launched in 2013.
We are implementing a Department for International Development (DFID) funded project titled “Saving Lives by reducing Maternal, Neonatal and Under-5 mortality in Sierra Leone”. The Health care data program supports district health management teams (DHMTs) in 14 health districts to improve district health service management and delivery systems, through an effective and efficient data management system for evidence based decision to improve health governance.
A Cordaid-supported health care facility in Sierra Leone (© Wilco van Dijen / Cordaid)
Private sector development
By supporting entrepreneurs and businesses in our resilience business development program, Cordaid ensures easier access to finance and business capacity training for local entrepreneurs. These businesses create employment and contribute to sustainable economic growth.
Cordaid has been developing the microfinance sector in Sierra Leone since 2004, contributing to a competitive, sustainable and inclusive financial sector that provides access to financial services to low income people throughout Sierra Leone. After the end of a five-year program, we remained active in the microfinance sector, providing grants of a total of 1,5 million euro to build the operations and the governance structure of the microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Sierra Leone.
Besides capacity building of the microfinance sector, Cordaid delivered around 1,7 million euro in loans to 7 MFIs since 2004. These loans allowed MFIs to grow their loan portfolio, so that more people in the informal sector have access to finance. At the moment, Cordaid has a strong relationship with two MFIs: Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT) and Grassroots Gender Empowerment Movement (GGEM).
Our current micro-finance investments of 950,000 euro grant access to finance to 15,668 entrepreneurs in the informal economy, of which 65% are women.
Partners and donors
Our health care partners are:
- Teenage Pregnancy SAN Project: Health Poverty Action, Planned Parenthood Association Sierra Leone, Christian Brothers
- Saving Lives Project: Focus 1000, VSO, Charlie Goldsmith Associates, World Hope International and 4Msolutions
Our private sector development partners are: Partners – ReGrow, Resolve, Sierra Leone Investment & Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA)
Cordaid’s main donors in Sierra Leone are: USAID, DFID, Cordaid (Stop Aids Now).