Focus Areas

  1. Improving Economic Governance: Promoting public sector accountability, economic literacy and advocacy for reforms in the public and private sectors.
  2. Strengthening Political Governance: Supporting free, fair and peaceful elections including acredible population and housing census and local council planning.
  3. Promoting Sustainable Development: Monitoring post Ebola recovery investments,environmental programmes, inequality and inclusive growth and infrastructural development.

Focus Area 1 – Improving Economic Governance

We believe that weak public oversight of resource allocation and budget management is one of the underlying causes of poverty, inequality and tension in Sierra Leone. Government, international development partners and civil society groups such as the Budget Advocacy Network are making great efforts to scrutinisepublic expenditure and taxation; however GoSL still records huge revenue loses,procurement challenges persist especially for capital projects and mining contracts, and public expenditure rarely follows planned policy.


  • Public Financial Management Reform, Analysis and Implementation

On an annual basis, undertake an independent Public Expenditure Tracking Survey (PETS), as part of the Service Delivery Index, toproduce a citizen score card onthe flow of resources and services from the centre right down to community levels.

  • Monitor and provide independent analysis of the implementation of the agreed Performance Assessment Frameworks (PAFs)between GoSL and key development partners (WB, ADB, DFID and EU) and show how key performance indicators are met by the country and propose ways of enhancing performance.
  • Contribute to improving public procurement – IGR will analyze capital projects to unravel procurement issues and provide recommendations to address them.
  • Conduct analysis of the governance of extractives and natural resources

Focus Area 2 – Strengthening Political Governance

Improving leadership capabilities and training at various starters of governances (central and local government, civil society and private sector) contributes to poor governance and the lack of openness in political processes. We believe passionately that sustainable economic development can only occur when political processes are open, competitive and fair. In the absence of appropriate grievance redress mechanisms for resource misappropriation and abuses, the only sanction citizens have for bad governance is afree and fair ballot.

IGR’s political governance work for the next four years is centered on the promotion of a credible population census,free and fair elections and sound local development plans.Our publications will inform local conversations on elections and contribute to civic educationand community conversations on electoral choices.


  1. Promote Leadership Development

In collaboration with the Harvard Business School, we will develop and implement the Adaptive Leadership Training Programme for selected MDAs, CSOs, local councils and private sector actors (especially small and medium scale enterprises).

  1. Promote Electoral Integrity

We will produce periodic audits of the electoral process including the census process. The results will provide information on electoral openness and inform decisions on reform. Our opinion polls will improve electoral integrity and minimize tensions on election.

  1. Conduct research to identify community priorities to inform local electoral conversations

We will work with communities to identify local issues to be addressed in local elections and organise community level debates among local councilors.

  1. Support district and ward development planning

In the post local council election phase IGR will support communities to work with councilors and communities to designand monitor implementation of local development plansthat reflect local priorities.

  1. Publish annual national governance gauge

Focus Area3 – Promoting Sustainable Development

We believe that weak institutions and unaccountable governance is greatly contributing to Sierra Leone’s failure in meeting most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by December 2015. Failures of essential servicesundermine public trust in working with government on the planned Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The start of the implementation of the 17 new global development goals in January 2016 coincides with the Post-Ebola recovery period and Sierra Leone might face an extremely difficult situation just as the start of the MDGs in 2000.

Our role in the implementation of the SDGs is to work with civil society and the media generate public interest in monitoring the goals and support institutional reforms to achieve results. Our campaign in the next four years will highlight the role of the environment,accountable governance and women in reducing extreme poverty and building prosperity.

We will monitor Ebola recovery projects implemented by government agencies and NGOs. We will document and share lessons inthe fight against Ebola and work with other partners to advocate for theimprovement of service delivery,including monitoring environmental programmes, inequality and inclusive growth and infrastructural development.


  1. Develop an annual service delivery index for local councils and MP constituencies in the area of healthcare, education, water and sanitation. Through the SDI results, IGR will provide vital information to enhance MPs oversight and scrutiny of the work of local councils in Sierra Leone’s post-Ebola recovery process. These indicators should enable the government, local administration and service providers to identify gaps and track progress in promoting inclusive growth.
  1. Produce policy briefs on the implementation of five SDGs goals

IGR will produce policy briefs on selected SGD including the environmental programmes, education, health, inequality and inclusive growth and infrastructural development

  1. Monitor post-Ebola recovery projects IGR will conduct high qualitymonitoring and evaluation of selected recovery projects. Our research, analysis and publicationswill seek to identify problems and accountability issues, as well as share success stories in the recovery projects. We shall interrogate international and national development strategies and government policy direction, and proffer alternatives.