The disctrict focus approach to development
The current Sierra Leone National Human Development Report (SL-NHDR) is the third so far and the
first to be published since the end of the civil war. The theme for the SL-NHDR is, ‘Empowering Local
Government for Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction’. The Government of Sierra Leone has
adopted decentralisation and local empowerment as a key strategy for consolidating peace and reducing
poverty. The enactment of the Local Government Act, 2004 marked the beginning of the decentralisation
process in the country. The current report seeks to explore this theme using information collected from
the latest countrywide census of 2004 and the most current socio-economic data.