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This newsletter is brought to you by the President's Delivery Team. It includes news and updates on the President's Recovery Priorities in Sierra Leone. In this issue stories from the health, energy and water sectors, as well as a report on the strategy of collaboration between the MDAs that is supporting public service delivery and capacity building that will help build sustainability into the system.

Energy Minister launches

Energy Minister launches Port Loko power transmission and distribution project Under the President’s Recovery Priorities, operational power output from the national grid should double from 75 megawatts to 150 megawatts, while access to electricity is expected to rise from 125,000 to 250,000 households. On Thursday 17 plant. The thermal plant will complement the Bankasoka November 2016, hydro dam when water levels are low during the dry season. Minister of Energy, The project will serve approximately 30,000 households Ambassador Henry in a township of around 40,000 inhabitants. Ambassador Macauley formally Henry Macauley said the Bankasoka hydro transmission and launched the transmission and distribution project “will stimulate economic activities, job distribution project following creation and educational advancement.” the completion of the two megawatts Bankasoska hydro dam in Port Loko. Ambassador Macauley was accompanied by the Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Wu Peng. The project is funded through an agreement between China and the Government of Sierra Leone. The project includes the installation of new power lines, a sub-station, 18 transformers and a one megawatt thermal Te launch of the President’s Recovery Priority Leadership Development Programme for Key Result Area Leads and other senior members of the President’s Recovery Priorities MDAs commenced in November at the British Council in Freetown. It seeks to enhance and further embed the skills and tools needed for delivery of the President’s Recovery Priorities by June 2017. Chairman of the Energy Committee in Parliament, Hon Sulaiman Sisay asked the people of Port Loko to take ownership of the project and prevent theft of electrical installations – a practice which he said has been common in the township lately. The transmission and distribution project is expected to be completed in November 2017. KRA Leadership Development Programme Kicks Off Development Programme. At the launch of the PRP Leadership Development Programme, the PDT Team Lead, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr emphasised that “the KRA leads are at the heart of the delivery programme and that it is important for them to have the space to pause and build on their strengths as we proceed on the path of recovery”. The Programme will help the President’s Delivery Team realise the Key Results needed for recovery, and contribute to establishing a lasting legacy of strengthened systems within our MDAs. In the long-term, the programme aims to make a more lasting impact, by handing over delivery processes to a permanent home within the civil service and by changing working, habits and attitudes. The following principles are core to the PRP Leadership Development Programme: • Recognising and valuing existing skills and experience • Sharing of knowledge and experience to aid decision making and practical implementation • Working together to make change happen • Appreciating and preparing for the challenges in leading others • Ensuring that the relevant support is available to both the KRA leads and members of their teams During the inception phase KRA Leads/ Senior MDA staff, and members of their teams were interviewed, with some taking part in a capacity building assessment exercise. These results were used to design the current PRP Leadership Speaking on the topic, “Building resilience and managing change” one of Sierra Leone’s most successful business people, Dr. James Sanpha Koroma took participants through his professional journey and revealed the key attributes and challenges that had propelled him to success. His informative and motivational keynote address resonated with the participants. The PRP programme covers all 11 priority MDAs with the bulk of capacity-building efforts being directed at the districts. The programme design is based on: • Learning by doing, reinforced by formal training • A tight focus on the capacity (systems, structures, skills) required for delivery of PRPs • A focus on soft as well as hard skills and opportunities for participants to examine their own and others’ attitudes that may inhibit or support delivery of results • Flexibility, allowing demand-driven response to observed need A total of about 300 - 500 participants are currently participating in the PRP Capability Building programmes. 2 www.presidentsrecoverypriorities.gov.sl

Strategic collaboration across MDAs supports the progress of the President’s Recovery Priorities Partnership strategies across ministries, departments and agencies are a feature of the President’s Recovery Priorities process, which is enhancing service quality and delivery by accelerating progress across several sectors simultaneously. For example, as part of an inter-ministerial effort to increase the competitiveness of 1,000 SMEs, the Ministry of Trade & Industry is working with the Ministry of Agriculture to add value and find new markets for Sierra Leone’s farm products. Increasing the quantity of locally sourced rice in institutional feeding is one of the strategies. This promotes the development of local agriculture and related industries, boosting incomes, particularly in the districts. Additionally, it reduces the country’s expenditure on imported rice. Improving WASH in 360 schools across the country will support Sierra Leone’s drive to improve learning outcomes by providing hygiene and toilet facilities that are fit for purpose. A joint recovery effort from the Ministries of Water Resources and Education with support from UK Aid and UNICEF, will bring about sustainable access to basic sanitation that has the potential to save thousands of lives. The Ministries of Education and Agriculture are both essential to the new national school feeding programme which commenced in December. This gives primary school children in government and government assisted schools a cooked meal twice a week. Its decentralised design will be responsive to local dietary preferences, and foster community involvement. Its emphasis on local procurement will provide additional markets for Sierra Leone’s farmers thus promoting increased agricultural production. In the area of social protection the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, and the Ministry of Health are working together to ensure continuous care for EVD affected persons and survivors. There are over 4,000 EVD affected people across the nation and the compilation of a comprehensive and sustainable database of verified EVD survivors will support their access to the free healthcare services provided by the Ministry of Health, and the psychosocial support and livelihood skills training provided by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs. Energy’s target to double access to electricity. Work being done with the Freetown Port to improve efficiency and effectiveness directly contributes to the Energy Revolution’s roll out by making it easier and faster to clear goods. The Pay No Bribe campaign is helping develop a culture of public service delivery with integrity by allowing citizens to report instances of bribery across priority sectors. According to President’s Delivery Team Lead, Yvonne Aki- Sawyerr “The strategic collaboration between the MDAs leading the President’s Recovery Priorities is essential for success and we have found that the advantages of information exchange and joint problem solving, as well as integrated planning and Increased access to a wider range of skills, knowledge and specialisms deliver better public services.” Efforts by the Ministry of Energy to promote solar energy in rural health facilities supports the health sector’s drive to reduce mortality rates of pregnant women and children under five. The installation of solar fridges and freezers in hard to reach health units across the country is improving cold chain management and helping realise the full benefit of immunisation. More of these will be installed as the work of recovery continues. The Energy Revolution – a campaign to give 250,000 households the opportunity to benefit from affordable solar household systems – is picking up pace. This will support the Ministry of www.presidentsrecoverypriorities.gov.sl 3

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