Sierra Leone Financial Inclusion and Infrastructure Project (WB-P166601)

  • Sierra Leone
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Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Dec 18, 2018
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Government of Sierra Leone
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  • Finance
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 12.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 12.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Jan 16, 2019

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Project Description

According to bank documents, the objective of the project is to increase the interoperability of digital payments and access to financial services. 

The design of the project aims to support the implementation of a national switch, as well as support for activities that will drive usage of the payments infrastructure. The proposed project is a US$10 million IPF comprised of three components:

  1. Enhancing Interoperability of Digital Payments ($6.5M) finances the hardware, software, and consulting services required to successfully implement a national switch:
  2. Usage and Viability of Financial Infrastructure ($2.95M):supports the increased usage of the payments infrastructure through financing access points for the national switch (e.g., POS terminals, electronic government payments). The component has a special emphasis on increasing the usage in rural areas and will support MFI linkages with the payments infrastructure through financing core banking applications and telecommunication systems. The component also supports other items that will facilitate the usage and viability of the national switch, including regulatory reforms and financial awareness efforts to support the uptake of electronic payments and DFS.
  3. Project Implementation Support ($0.55M): finances a project coordinator and oversight mechanisms for the project to ensure private sector stakeholder involvement.
Investment Description
  • World Bank (WB)
Contact Information

World Bank:
Rinku Chandra, Nicholas Timothy Smith
Lead Financial Sector Specialist

Republic of Sierra Leone

Implementing Agency:
Bank of Sierra Leone
Dr. Ibrahim Stevens
Deputy Governor 


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