Sierra Leone - Social Action Support Project (SASP)

Project Summary

Approval Date 11 Jun 2003
Signature Date 17 Jul 2003
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2010
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2010
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11330
Commitment U.A 9,259,538.92
Status Completion

Project General Description

The present intervention concerns the Social Action Support Project (SASP). It aims to mitigate the risk of renewed conflict and contribute to sustained poverty reduction. The project responds to the acute need for poverty reduction in Sierra Leone and is the result of a concerted effort between the Government and its partners. The SASP is a multi-sector project using a social fund approach to support the country in its effort to reconstruct its basic infrastructures and alleviate poverty; it will particularly aim to improve infrastructure in the education, health, sanitation, environment, agriculture, public infrastructure especially in rural areas, water, and micro-enterprise sectors. The project comprises three components: (i) A support to public works component using labor-intensive techniques to help generate livelihoods for waraffected rural and urban youth (including ex-combatants), and vulnerable groups (e.g., female headed households and the handicapped), (ii) Support to micro-finance capacity-building component targeting primarily women and the handicapped, and (iii) Support to Project Management and institutional capacity-building.

Project Objectives

The sector goal is to reduce poverty in Sierra Leone from about 82% in 2002 to 50% in 2015 in ways that also reduce the risk of renewed conflict. The project will contribute to this goal by achieving the following objective: Significantly improving the livelihoods of members of targeted communities through increased access to basic infrastructure and services, appropriate financial services and employment opportunities.


Project beneficiaries can be identified by project component. The Support to the Public Works Program component will benefit (i) about 100,000 urban and rural unemployed youth including registered idle ex-combatants which represent a total population of 55,000; (ii) vulnerable groups, including female-headed households and the handicapped, which represent a total population of 210,000;(iii) 650 owners and operators of small and micro-contracting companies and, indirectly, those who supply goods and services to public works sub-projects.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
National Commission for Social Action


IATI identifier 46002-P-SL-IE0-002
Last Update 13 Jul 2020


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Geographic Location

Country Sierra Leone