By Amin Kef (Ranger)
The Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Madam Kenyeh Barlay has on February 7, 2024 , extended her full support and appreciation for Action Aid Sierra Leone’s Fourth Country Strategy during its official launch ceremony held at the New Brookfields Hotel in Freetown. Hon. Chief Minister, Dr. David Moinina Sengeh, presided over the event, underscoring the government’s commitment to sustainable development goals.
Titled: “The Transformative Action for Inclusive and Resilient Communities (2024-2028),” the strategy aligns closely with the Government’s vision for fostering inclusive and resilient communities. Minister Barlay lauded Action Aid’s dedication to community-driven development, emphasizing its harmony with the nation’s economic development objectives.
“Action Aid Sierra Leone has consistently been at the forefront of community-driven development and this strategic plan further underscores their commitment to fostering inclusive and resilient communities. This aligns seamlessly with our Government’s overarching goals and vision for sustainable economic development,” remarked Madam Barlay.
Recognizing the pivotal role of NGOs in supporting governmental agendas, particularly in reaching marginalized communities, Minister Barlay outlined key areas where NGOs like Action Aid could contribute significantly. These encompassed food security, human capital development, youth employment, infrastructure, technology, innovation, governance and climate resilience.
“My Ministry recognizes the significant role played by NGOs as critical partners in achieving the development goals of the MTNDP. Working hand in hand with the Government to create positive impact and sustainable change, their efforts in reaching the last mile with development programs despite sector-specific challenges are laudable and worth appreciating,” affirmed Madam Barlay.
Encouraging Action Aid to expand its projects to other districts and align initiatives with Government priorities, Minister Barlay stressed the importance of promoting community ownership and ensuring effective service delivery. She concluded by assuring continued cooperation and collaboration between the government and NGOs for transformative community development.
The launch of Action Aid Sierra Leone’s Fourth Country Strategy marks a significant step towards fostering sustainable development and inclusive growth in the region, highlighting the vital partnership between the Government and non-governmental organizations in driving positive change.