Productive Social Safety Net and Youth Employment (WB-P176789)

  • Sierra Leone
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Feb 28, 2022
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Law and Government
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Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 40.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 40.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Jul 15, 2021

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Project Description
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According to bank documents, the objective is to improve productivity, employability, and resilience of targeted beneficiaries, including vulnerable youth in Sierra Leone.

The project has five components:

  1. Component 1- SSN Cash Transfers and Provision of Economic and Inclusion Support: This component aims to provide an integrated package of services to extreme poor households to put them on a sustainable economic path.

  2. Component 2: Labor-intensive Public Works and Life Skills Support for Youth:

    1. Sub-Component 2.1: Sustainable Cash for Work (SCfW) in Rural Areas seeks to provide youth with immediate employment opportunities in rural areas of Sierra Leone. The objective of this sub-component is to provide youth with immediate employment opportunities in rural areas of Sierra Leone. 
    2. Subcomponent 2,2: Green Public Works in Urban Areas aims to provide youth with immediate employment opportunities to improve environmental and sanitary aspects of urban areas of Sierra Leone.

  3. Component 3: Employment and Entrepreneurship Support for Youth. This component will: (i) support young individuals and youth groups who either have established businesses or are interested in opening new business with on-the-job apprenticeships or vocational training to improve their skills and business management practices and startup grants; and (ii) establish a platform where youth can access information to enhance their employability and empowerment and which will enable the collection and dissemination of information on jobs, training and livelihood programs, policies and empowerment opportunities for the youth.
  4. Component 4: Systems Development, Institutional strengthening and Project Management Support: This component will support activities related to: (i) overall project supervision, monitoring, and coordination, (ii) implementation of components 1-3 (iii) implementation of third-party monitoring, Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM), and anti-corruption measures under the Anti-Corruption Commission; (iv) financial management and procurement arrangements; (v) environmental and social safeguards; and (vi) inter-agency coordination for implementation of social protection programs. The component will also finance learning activities such as: (i) impact evaluations and tracer studies and (ii) knowledge sharing events, including work at the level of central and local government; and (iii) the programming and implementation of training for staff at the respective implementation agencies.

  5. Component 5: Contingency Emergency Response Component: This component will support contingency and emergency response through emergency cash transfers.
Investment Description
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World Bank:
Junko Onishi, Abu Kargbo, Samik Adhikari
Senior Social Protection Specialist

The Republic of Sierra Leone
Dennis Vandi
Minister of Finance

Implementing Agency:
National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA)
Dr. Sao-Kpato Hannah Isatta Max-Kyne


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