Posts Tagged ‘sierra leone’

How working with government can help to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals

August 8, 2016

Edward John-Bull, Director of Caritas Sierra Leone

Edward John-Bull is Director of CAFOD partner Caritas Sierra Leone which has led on the creation of a coalition supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He attended the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development with the government of Sierra Leone, which presented its SDG implementation strategy for review at the meeting.

As the first major UN conversation since the Sustainable Development Goals were agreed in September 2015 wrapped up in New York, it may have come as a surprise that a country left in a fragile state by the wreckage of civil war and Ebola would be amongst the first to volunteer its plans for implementation to scrutiny – like a footballer with a broken leg putting themselves forward to take a penalty.

Yet Sierra Leone is one of only 22 countries to have presented their strategy for the delivery of the goals for review at the meeting. A coalition representing private, NGO and government sectors is working to take advantage of Sierra Leone’s willingness to act as a guinea pig and ensure that the country ‘walks the talk’ on the SDGs.

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Read CAFOD’s Sustainable Development Goals FAQs

Caritas Sierra Leone, with the support of CAFOD, created the Sierra Leone Coalition 2030 in January. This has provided one strong voice for civil society organisations to influence the government in designing, monitoring and following-up on the implementation of the SDGs. We have three key activities: to ensure that the voices of people who have been left behind are heard; to educate people about the SDGs; and to work closely with the government as an instrument of accountability.


What’s so wrong with blowing your own trumpet?

June 28, 2011

By Flickr user sadaqah

In some respects, I find that the NGO community tends to enjoy a bit too much self-congratulation (to the extent that some are calling for more reflection on failure) but behind closed doors, we seem to find it quite difficult to be positive about our work. How can we strike that balance between ‘lesson learning’ and recognising what has worked well?

I’ve recently returned from a trip to Sierra Leone where some of our local partners had come together as part of a peer review process to reflect on work done and to think about the way forward. To facilitate this review process, we decided to use an Appreciative Inquiry (AI) approach.