Leh we make Salone grow! The President’s Recovery Priorities Newsletter | www.presidentsrecoverypriorities.gov.sl | Issue 4 2017 The President’s Recovery Priorities represent a multi-sectoral investment programme, led by the Government of Sierra Leone, focused on education, energy, governance, health, private sector development, social protection and water. The programme is intended to drive sustainable socio-economic transformation in Sierra Leone following the twin shocks of the Ebola Virus Epidemic and falling iron ore prices. Message from Saidu Conton-Sesay, the Chief of Staff We are nine months into our 15-month process and 2016 closed with a presentation on our progress to His Excellency, the President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma. While there are challenges, the overall trajectory of the President’s Recovery Priorities is extremely positive. Ninety-eight per cent of initiatives are now funded, 12 out of 14 districts are very or somewhat satisfied with our delivery process and our ‘look forward’ projections indicate that 56% of priority initiatives will meet 100% of their targets and another 34% will meet between 50% to 99% by June 2017. We still have some way to go. Achieving our June 2017 targets, requires a concerted nationwide focus. We need to ensure delivery system mechanisms are used to full effect, address challenges with data collection and verification, accelerate funding disbursement and improve the coordination and monitoring of implementing partners at national and district levels. We also need to strengthen the identification and resolution of issues around district-level delivery as well as deepen community engagement through the provision, Approximately 11,400 people living in vulnerable communities in Kambia, Kono, Pujehun, Bonthe and Koinadugu, are now benefiting from the rehabilitation and construction of 57 boreholes. This work is the beginning of a greater push to provide safe water to over 700,000 people in the districts. Kambia District Chairman, Samuel Sankoh said: “The provision of safe water through these boreholes will help stem the outbreaks of water borne diseases in Kambia district.” dissemination, and monitoring of section level targets. A recent district tour by the President’s Delivery Team has facilitated this. The tour supplied all District Councils, as well as 149 Paramount and 1,234 Section Chiefs with information on section level targets for recovery services that are to be delivered by MOHS, MEST and MAFFs. In our next newsletter, we will provide a fuller report on this process. In this issue we look at the progress that we are making in the energy and water sectors; a strategy to reduce teenage pregnancy that will help reduce overall maternal mortality; and how the value of MDA collaboration becomes even more apparent as initiatives move from planning to implementation. With only six months to go, a recently initiated programme of capability building for our KRA leads and initiative owners will support delivery now and build sustainability into the process. Sustainability however requires more than a set of skills and learned behaviours. It needs a readiness to accept that by changing our own behavior, we can trigger the type of change that is necessary to achieve sustainable development across the board. Water for Kambia, Kono, Koinadugu, Bonthe and Pujehun Access to safe drinking water poses a major challenge in many parts of the country. This is gradually changing with the construction and rehabilitation of boreholes in five districts under the President’s Recovery Priorities' drive to provide water to people throughout the country. www.presidentsrecoverypriorities.gov.sl District councils selected beneficiary communities based on vulnerability assessments. To ensure sustainability and ownership, water, sanitation and hygiene committees are being established. By June 2017, 125 boreholes will be constructed across the five districts. Eighty of these will be manually operated and 45 will be solar powered. The project is funded by the African Development Bank.