Sierra Leone

Parliament of Sierra Leone

Parliament of Sierra Leone

Key Facts

Head of State: President Julius Maada Bio 

Joined the Commonwealth: 1961

Capital City (location of Parliament): Freetown

Unicameral/Bicameral: Unicameral (134)

Further Information:

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CPA UK & Sierra Leone

CPA UK and the Parliament of Sierra Leone have fostered a good relationship in the past few years. CPA UK has supported the Parliament of Sierra Leone since 2012, through a number of capacity building training programmes for both Members and staff in Freetown as well as in Westminster, covering issues like parliamentary practice and procedure, oversight scrutiny, legislative scrutiny, and committee management.

In the post-Ebola period in 2016, CPA UK provided technical assistance to Members and clerks of the Health and Sanitation Committee in Freetown as well as Westminster. In October 2017 and February 2018, CPA UK facilitated training programmes for committee
clerks and parliamentary staff to strengthen their capacity to undertake their work and to prepare for the new parliament following the 2018 elections.

CPA UK aims to establish a three-year strategic partnership (2018-2021) with the Parliament of Sierra Leone (PPP) setting out its future engagement strategy. The future strategy will aim to provide technical capacity building support to Members and staff of the Sierra Leone Parliament, encompassing but not limited to the current Sierra Leone Parliament Strategic Plan (2016-19). The strategic partnership will also draw on much of CPA UK’s work done in Sierra Leone in the last few years.

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Our Recent Programmes

Post- Election Seminar for New Members, Freetown, 17 – 21 September 2018

CPA UK delivered a Post-election seminar for the new Members of the Parliament of Sierra Leone in Freetown between 17 and 21 September. The programme aimed to support the newly elected parliamentarians to strengthen their technical, communication and presentation skills, subsequently becoming more effective and confident in undertaking their parliamentary responsibilities. The visit was also an opportunity for the UK Parliamentarians to increase their understanding and awareness of the Sierra Leone political context, with specific emphasis on:

  • Post-election period and transition
  • Current issues in relation to health, education and economic development
  • Sierra Leone parliamentary practices, procedures, structures and dynamics
  • UK aid and development commitments and bilateral diplomatic relation

The programme was attended by more than 50 new parliamentarians. The UK delegation included John Mann, Angela Rayner and Justin Madders.

Africa-UK Public Accounts Committee Workshop 2018, Nairobi, 29 August - 1 September 2018

CPA UK organised an Africa- UK Public Accounts Committee workshop in Nairobi between 29 August and 1 September. The workshop aimed to enable Public Accounts Committees to fulfil their remit to scrutinise the value for money of public spending, to hold their governments to account for the delivery of public services, and to strengthen regional collaboration and seek opportunities for coordination. The workshop also provided an opportunity to participants to develop their technical skills and improve capacity through interactive exercises and knowledge and experience sharing. Around 45 delegates participated from 11 African countries.

Sierra Leone Parliamentary Staff Training ProgrammeFreetown, February 2018

From 12-14 February 2018, a CPA UK delegation organised a training programme for staff of the Parliament of Sierra Leone to assist them in preparing for the next parliament following the March 2018 elections. The programme built on CPA UK’s Clerks’ Training Programme in October 2017, and drew heavily on the Parliament’s Strategic Plan 2016-2019.

Sierra Leone Clerks' Training Programme, Westminster, October 2017

In October 2017, nine clerks from the Parliament of Sierra Leone participated in a week long training programme on committee inquiry processes in the Houses of Parliament, London. The programme explored the different stages of committee inquiries as well as the wider parliamentary engagement from NGOs and the general public in Committee inquiries. 

Effective Committee Oversight and the Constitutional Review Workshop  for three Committees, Freetown, 15- 17 February 2016

CPA UK facilitated a workshop in Freetown with parliamentary colleagues from Sierra Leone and the UK. The programme aimed to enhance the capacity of Parliamentary Committees to hold their Executive to account through scrutiny and oversight of the Parliamentary Committees on: Health and Sanitation, Human Rights and Agriculture and Food Security. 

The Workshop provided a platform for the sharing of good practices between Members and Clerks from the UK and Sierra Leone.