Sierra Leone Digital Transformation Project (WB-P177077)

  • Sierra Leone
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
May 31, 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 Sierra Leone
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Communications
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 50.00 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.
Loan Amount (USD)
$ 50.00 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)
$ 50.00 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 May 6, 2022

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Project Description
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According to bank documents, the project objective is to increase digital inclusion and enhance adoption of selected digitalized public services.

The Sierra Leone Digital Transformation Project is articulated around four mutually reinforcing components with the fifth component dedicated to contingent response to future risks and emergencies.

Component 1: Strengthening the Enabling Environment for Digital Transformation will lay the foundational enabling environment for digital economy in Sierra Leone by supporting necessary legal, policy and regulatory, and institutional reforms to foster the emergence of a vibrant, inclusive and safe digital economy.

Component 2: Expanding Digital Connectivity and Increasing Digital Inclusion will help expand access to affordable, highspeed internet by introducing competition in the first mile (international connectivity) of the broadband value chain, financing the expansion of last-mile connectivity under a Mobilizing Finance for Development (MFD) approach, and increasing the adoption of digital technologies through financing demand side interventions that will contribute to mainstreaming digital solutions for financial inclusion.

Component 3: Establishing eGovernment Foundations and Strengthening Public Service Delivery through Digital Solutions will lay technical foundations to realize Sierra Leone’s vision for digital government by upgrading the government infrastructure and establishing a whole-of-government interoperability and data-sharing frameworks based on which government-to-citizen (G2C) and government-to-business (G2B) e-government services can be designed.

Component 4: Project Management and Implementation Support will provide support for the management and implementation of project-associated activities. Component 5: Contingent Emergency Response Component (CERC) will allow for agile disbursement of any uncommitted balances in response to eligible crises or emergencies that may arise during the project implementation.

Investment Description
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World Bank:
Kaoru Kimura
Senior Digital Development Specialist

Ministry of Finance

Implementing Agency:
Ministry of Information and Communications
Mohamed Jalloh


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