IFAD is in operation in Sierra Leone and has provided a total of US$ 57.2 million in financing six projects loans and three grants for programmes and projects. The two main IFAD’s projects are :
THE NATIONAL PROJECT COORDINATING UNIT (NPCU)
This unit is made up of the overall management of the various IFAD operations in Sierra Leone. It’s main responsibility amongst others is planning budgeting contracting, monitoring and evaluation of projects.
THE LEAD PROJECT AGENCY
The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food security (MAFFS) has been given the sole responsibility to serve as the Executing Agent in supervising the NPCU.
VARIOUS ARMS OF SKATEHOLDERS
The NPCU works in concert with stakeholders such as Government, line ministries and other development partners. However the NPCU does not involve in direct implementation of project.
NATIONAL STEEERING COMMITTEE (NSC)
The NSC provides inter-ministerial coordination and ensures consistency among IFAD funded projects and programmes. It’s been chaired by Minister of Agriculture, forestry and Food Security (MAFFES). Its membership also comprises representatives as follows: Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Ministry of internal Affairs, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Ministry of social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Ministry of Lands, Country planning and the environment, Ministry o Education, Youth and Sports, Ministry of Energy and Power, Ministry of information and Communication, Sierra Leone Roads Authority, National Association of Farmers of Sierra Leone (NAFSL), National Commission for social Action (NaCSA); Serra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI), Rokupr Agricultural Research Centre (RARC) plus two members representing the NGOs.
DISTRICT PROJECT COORDINATION UNIT (DPCU)
DPCU operate in two districts in the Eastern province - Kono and Kailahun. The units are headed by District Project Officers, who serve as liaison between the NPCU an the different stakeholders and service providers in their respective districts. The DPCU are responsible to coordinate various activities at field level.
IMPLEMENTATION PARTNERS (Ips)
Since the NCPU does not involves indirect implementation, IFAD’s supported projects are therefore implemented by Government’s institutions, the Private sector and non governmental organizations (NGOs).
WARD DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEES
The committees work with the DCC in consolidating the Ward Development Plans into one District Development Plan to avoid duplications.
IFAD has been in operation in Sierra Leone as far back as in the early 1980s.
Capacity building for local government councils in eastern Sierra Leone