Sierra Leone: Backstopping missions to Freetown


In July 2018, the Consortium led by B&S Europe was awarded with the Technical Assistance in support of the governance sector in Sierra Leone in the area of civil registration. This 3-year long EU-funded Technical Assistance seeks to strengthen the management of the National Civil Registration Agency’s (NCRA), operational systems and institutional capacities to provide services of national identity management and the civil registration of vital statistics. B&S Europe has been working for the past 6 months in close cooperation with the NCRA and the European Union Delegation to Sierra Leona, among other relevant institutions.

The NCRA is the overall authority responsible of the fulfilment of the 2016 National Civil Registration Act, while it seeks to guarantee the provision for the unification of national identification and the civil registration processes of births and deaths, as well as other mandates for the registration of marriages, nullities, divorces and adoptions.  

The European Union, through the European Union Delegation to Sierra Leone, aims to contribute to the overall objective that is for the population of Sierra Leone to possess an official and legal identity, and the dependable recording, storing and retrieval of vital events. 

B&S Europe has carried out 2 field missions to Freetown since the start of the project in September 2018.

The first field mission of the B&S Europe’s team took place in September 17th, 2018 and lasted for almost 2 weeks. The kick off meetings brought together members of the contracting authority, the Consortium, and the beneficiary in order to discuss the guidelines of the project and set the coming deadlines. While the B&S Europe team presented the action plan based on their vast experience in similar projects across Africa, they took this field trip as an opportunity to assist our team of experts to settle down. 

The second field mission of the B&S Europe team took place from December 9th to December 12th, 2018. The team’s main objective was to finalise the inception report. Despite the technical input of the Key Experts, the report reflects the feedback collected from different stakeholders. With this report, the Consortium has completed a phase of evaluation and assessment of the sector’s needs. The calendar for the short-term mission and trainings is set according to these needs and the first stone of the implementation phase is laid.