Today Wednesday 9th May is Europe Day. This year’s theme is ‘Exploring Cultural Heritage’. Simon Ingram-Hill, Director of the British Council in Sierra Leone reflects on what the theme of 2018’s Europe Week means for Sierra Leone.
2018 is the ‘European Year of Cultural Heritage’ and there are a series of events celebrating this theme taking place throughout Freetown.
These events provide an opportunity to reflect on what is meant by ‘cultural heritage’ and especially what this means to those of us living in Sierra Leone, whether we are Sierra Leoneans, dual nationals, British, American, Irish, Lebanese, Mende or Fullah, Muslim or Christian, young or old, lawyers or from disadvantaged groups. Whoever we are and however we identify, we all have some sense of our cultural heritage whether we have spent time trying to articulate it, or whether we just have a gut feeling about what it is.
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.