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Sierra Leone headed to the polls on 17 November to elect a new president, national assembly, mayors and local councils.
The complex election marks a critical milestone for the country, ten years after the end of its brutal civil war. The West African nation has made considerable progress ever since, consolidating peace, democracy and improving development indicators amid rising rates of economic growth.
However, the gains made are still fragile and the situation remains fraught with risks of political polarization, marked by regional and ethnic divisions.
Disasters, violent conflict, and economic and climate-related turbulence continue to claim lives, destroy economies and livelihoods, and undermine development progress for millions of people. Crisis prevention, recovery and reducing the vulnerability of countries to catastrophe are cornerstones of UNDP’s work. As part of UNDP, the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) was established to support innovative approaches to crisis prevention, early warning and conflict resolution, as well as to help bridge the gap between emergency relief and long-term development.
UNDP has a presence on the ground in over 170 countries and territories and decades of concrete development experience in countries ranging from fragile States to middle-income countries like Brazil and Indonesia. This, combined with our four focus areas — poverty reduction and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); democratic governance; crisis prevention and recovery; and environment and sustainable development — make us uniquely situated and qualified to answer the UN’s call for a better and more sustainable future.
In Somalia, UNDP has facilitated the recruitment of more than 14,000 police officers and the creation of mobile courts, legal aid centres and sexual assault referral centres. This has increased the ability of people to access the formal justice system.
In Afghanistan, UNDP supports the remuneration of the 137,000 strong Afghan National Police force and pioneered the development of the force’s first community security initiatives.
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By Abdul Karim Bah
The story of Umaru Kargbo, in Sierra Leone’s northern city of Makeni, 113 miles from the capital city of Freetown, is one of resilience and of sheer determination to lift oneself out of poverty. It is also the story of how a country, once riddled by suffering and stagnation caused by years of civil war and gun-toting youth rampaging through the countryside, is slowly managing to include marginalized youth into participating in national development and social transformation.
Freetown, Sierra Leone – Survivors of sex- and gender-based violence in Sierra Leone are having their day in court, as the judiciary now sits on Saturdays in a critical first step towards clearing an estimated 700-case backlog.
In the year since their inception in February 2011 the Saturday courts have heard more than 630 cases, and processed more than half of them.
To date, 85 cases have been discharged for lack of evidence. In 53 cases the defendant was convicted by the Magistrate Court as the sentence was for less than five years in jail.