Sierra Leone

Our work in Sierra Leone began in 2008. Following its brutal civil war, Sierra Leone was one of the poorest countries in the world, with an average life expectancy of just 41 years. In recent years, Sierra Leone has taken great strides towards a brighter future. In the past decade, the country made the third largest improvement in governance of any country in Africa, according to the Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance. However, the powerful progress achieved is fragile.

AGI teams helped President Koroma’s government introduce the Free Healthcare Initiative for pregnant women and children. Before the Ebola crisis, this programme doubled the number of women giving birth in hospital, and saw recorded deaths among children treated for malaria fall by more than 80%. Our work in the Ministry of Agriculture meanwhile helped the government to push through agricultural reforms, which as much as doubled rice yields in parts of the country and built 900km of new road which now provide farmers with better access to markets.

We have worked with the government to help them eliminate Ebola and are proud of the role that we played at national and district level. The AGI funded programme continues to support their Sierra Leonean colleagues with their plans for recovery.  

Tony Blair is an old friend to us in Sierra Leone dating back to the days when he was Prime Minister. Indeed, he helped us at a time when we needed it most. It is gratifying to note that he and his team are still with us providing advice to deal with the many challenges that we face including the Ebola crisis.
President Ernest Bai Koroma


By July 2014, two months after arriving in Sierra Leone, Ebola reached the capital city, Freetown. Read how our team supported the government to respond to the crisis.
Sierra Leone has one of the lowest rates of electricity access in the world with less than one in ten homes connected to the grid. Our work aims to change this.
AGI has supported the Sierra Leonean government to build 900km of rural roads to help farmers get their goods to market
How do you get things done in government? See our team's work in Sierra Leone as an example.


AGI has supported the government to build nine hundred kms of rural roads, helping farmers to get their goods to market.


We have supported Sierra Leone to improve its World Bank Doing Business ranking by 16 places.


The governments plans to build a power station which will bring electricity to over 100,000 homes.

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Mr Blair will meet our teams in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea this week to discuss their progress.
5th September 2016
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Jul 2016

During a recent visit to Freetown AGI’s CEO, Nick Thompson, got to look inside Sierra Leone's first innovation tech hub. Set up almost a year ago, Sensi Tech Hub aims to help Sierra Leoneans gain the skills and experience they need to become tech entrepreneurs.
12th July 2016

Jun 2016

The third paper in AGI's Art of delivery series, focuses on the importance of customizing delivery mechanisms to achieve results. It gives an insight into delivery adaptations in some of AGI's partner countries.
27th June 2016

May 2016

AGI advisor Victoria Parkinson was awarded an OBE on Friday. Presented by the Duke of Cambridge, this award is in recognition of her work tackling the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.
16th May 2016

Apr 2016

Feb 2016


What potential do new data have for development in Sierra Leone? @stanger_emily & OB Sisay talk to @AlterIgoe

24th February 2016

Dec 2015


OBE for Leicester woman who helped end Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone #NewYearsHonours

31st December 2015

Nov 2015


Super blog by colleague @dooleykate after emotional weekend in freetown to mark end of Ebola outbreak #SierraLeone

11th November 2015