The German Development Bank (KfW) Programme Appraisal Mission consisting of Dr. Frank Weiler (Team Leader, Governance West Africa) and Dr. Stefan Lindemann (Project Manager, Governance West Africa) concluded a week long (27 Nov–2 Dec. 2016) mission in Sierra Leone for the promotion of the third phase of the Pro-Poor Growth for Peace Consolidation programme (GPC III) implemented by the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA).
Frank Weiler hinted the GPC III will continue to aim at improving the employment and income situation especially of youths
The mission was also tasked to assess how additional funds could be used should they be made available by the German government in the future and to put modalities in place to enhance a smooth transition from GPC II which will be wrapped up in 2018to GPC III which may follow after. Accordingly, the preparations for the third phase of the GPC programme will commence in the first half of 2017.
Welcoming the appraisal mission to NaCSA and Sierra Leone, Commissioner Alie Mansaray disclosed that their visit was necessitated by a scooping mission with a likelihood for possible expansion of GPC programmes to other parts of the country alongside Kono, Kailahun, and Koinadugu districts. ‘To us as a commission this is a very important mission’, he added.
Commissioner Mansaray expressed thanks and appreciation to KfW for supporting the GPC II which is in line with the Country’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) dubbed “Agenda for Prosperity” which comprises eight pillars including economic diversification, labour and employment, as well as gender equality. The GPC II specifically aligns itself with pillar two (2) ‘Pro-poor Sustainable Growth’ which encompasses investments in infrastructure and income generation from labour intensive construction, Commissioner Mansaray added.
Commissioner Mansaray on behalf of the HE the President and the beneficiary communities in the selected chiefdoms in Kono, Kailahun and Koinadugu districts lauded KfW for their support and appealed for the expansion of these projects to other chiefdoms and districts in the country.
The Project Manager (KfW) Stefan Lindeman in his brief remarks to Senior Management of the commission disclosed that the KfW has a funding of 10million Euros available for the next phase of the GPC programme in Sierra Leone and an additional EUR 5.0 million in 2017 (subject to confirmation), for a possible expansion to include Bombali and three chiefdoms in Pujehun District in the south.
The Head of Division (KfW) Frank Weiler hinted the GPC III will continue to aim at improving the employment and income situation especially of youths (joint programme objective with GIZ programme). The objective of the GPC programme he said is to enhance economic infrastructure used by the population of the programme area and to improve the capacities of key stakeholders (NaCSA; District Councils, communities) in operating and maintaining these infrastructure facilities.
The mission held close consultations with the representatives of the executing agency of GPC, representatives of other relevant stakeholders, including the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA), the German Embassy and GIZ.
Speaking at the consultative meeting, the Minister of State, Finance and Economic Development Dr. Patrick Conteh stated that NacSA remains a very key organ through which government policies have been actualized especially when it comes to poverty reduction noting that, the GPC programme is in line with the government’s Agenda for Prosperity through the provision of feeder roads, employment promotion and income generation which is implemented in three districts – Kono, Kailahun and Koinadugu. “The expansion of the project to other districts or regions will be a welcome idea”. He added.
The mission also undertook field visits to Kono and Bombali districts where they held consultations with representatives of the District Councils and visited selected GPC II projects in Kono District.
According to Paramount Chief Sahr Yongai Kontande Briwa II of Fiama Chiefdom in Kono District, KfW have long been helping the Kono district with recovery and reintegration activities just after the ten years civil war in the country. PC Kontande Briwa II noted that they are joyfully overwhelmed with the rapid growth of infrastructural development made by KfW through the NaCSA - GPC program in some towns and chiefdoms of the district. The Paramount Chief maintained that the construction of bridges, feeder roads and some long lasting strategic structures such as Markets, Grain Stores and Water wells have greatly impacted the lives of the local people in a more positive light. “Through the newly constructed feeder roads by KfW/GPC, towns and villages could be easily accessed, People could now be able to earn more livelihood support by making use of the Markets and Grain store facilities; the project have indeed brought some much changes to our district and we are grateful for that” He added.
It could be recalled that since the restructuring of the GPC programme in 2010, the three districts of Koinadugu, Kailahun and Kono (added under GPC II in 2014) have benefitted from GPC funds. Together these districts have a total of 39 chiefdoms (11 in Koinadugu, 14 in Kailahun and 14 in Kono), of which 24 have so far been targeted by GPC (9 in Koinadugu, 9 in Kailahun and 6 in Kono). This means that 15 chiefdoms will remain unserved by the end of GPC II in mid-2018.
The GPC programme will move out of Koinadugu District at the end of the second phase since the two remaining unserved chiefdoms are mining areas that do not have enough economic potential in terms of the selected value chain (cattle). Kailahun and Kono will remain intervention areas under GPC III, while Bombali District in the north will be added as a new district (thus replacing Koinadugu).
The mission was accompanied by the ECO-GITEC implementation consultant Peter Mostert (Technical Advisor)