Cordaid Sierra Leone, through its Private Sector Development Program, continues to strengthen and support the private sector in Sierra Leone, under its Resilient Business Development Services (RBDS) program for small and medium businesses (SMEs).
Currently, the program is in its third cohort, partnering with Regrow, through the support of USAID to support 33 SMEs from different sectors such as agribusiness and hospitality services. This kind of Business Development Service, which CORDAID designed in collaboration with local entrepreneurs, covers financial management and operations as well as professionalism, delegation of responsibilities, social responsibility and adapted risk management.
Voting appeared to be peaceful on Saturday 31st March, 2018 in Sierra Leone's runoff presidential election, which had been delayed by a few days after a court challenge of the first round slated for March 27.
Turnout was lower than in the first round on March 7. Security was tight and many streets were quiet for the holiday weekend.
Following the outcome of the 7th March, 2018 presidential, parliamentary, mayoral and local council elections, one thing that came out clearly is that the National Grand Coalition (NGC) which is a fairly new party in the country’s political dispensation emerged as the formidable third force after it polled a total of 174,014 votes; 6.9% of the total national valid votes cast. This result made the NGC the party with the third highest number of votes after the SLPP which topped the list followed by the ruling APC which polled the second highest number of votes, according to NEC.
Secretary General of Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone (IRCSL) who doubles as the Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission Sierra Leone (HRC-SL) Rev. Dr. Usman Jesse Fornah has told AYV that they totally condemn the issue of tribal and regional politics that is creeping into the country’s social fabric during the ongoing electioneering process.