Sierra Leone

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    #VoteSalone 2018 : Will Sierra Leone’s Two-Party System Survive after March?

#VoteSalone 2018 : Will Sierra Leone’s Two-Party System Survive after March?

Lansana Gberie discusses how Kandeh Yumkella and his National Grand Coalition have injected a measure of unpredictability into the 2018 Presidential elections.

This article is part of our African Elections series.

With one week to go until elections take place in Sierra Leone, the dominant question is not so much about which of the three leading candidates will win. Rather, it […]

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    #PublicAuthority: What will happen when there is another epidemic? Ebola in Mathiane, Sierra Leone

#PublicAuthority: What will happen when there is another epidemic? Ebola in Mathiane, Sierra Leone

Melissa Parker and Tim Allen discover how long-standing customary forms of governance played a critical role in ending the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

‘I acted to save the lives of my people, but what I did will always play on my […]

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    Book review: Religion, Tradition, and Restorative Justice in Sierra Leone (2017), by Lyn S. Graybill

Book review: Religion, Tradition, and Restorative Justice in Sierra Leone (2017), by Lyn S. Graybill

Dr Rosalind Coffey says Graybill’s book is a fascinating reminder of the dangers which can stem from regarding justice as immutable.

Lyn S. Graybill’s Religion, Tradition, and Restorative Justice in Sierra Leone asks how Sierra Leoneans put the pieces of shattered lives and relationships back together in the aftermath of the country’s brutal and protracted civil war.  It does so in […]

January 12th, 2018|Book Reviews, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: Ebola: How a People’s Science Helped End an Epidemic by Paul Richards

Book Review: Ebola: How a People’s Science Helped End an Epidemic by Paul Richards

Ebola: How a People’s Science Helped End an Epidemic is one of the first books to provide an in-depth analysis of the recent pandemic in West Africa, The author Paul Richards has done an excellent job in bringing to the fore community efforts in responding to the virus, says Jamie Hitchen.

 

On a recent visit to Freetown, a Sierra Leonean […]

September 16th, 2016|Book Reviews, Featured, Health|2 Comments|
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    “Kids in a sweet shop”: corruption in post-Ebola Sierra Leone

“Kids in a sweet shop”: corruption in post-Ebola Sierra Leone

As Sierra Leone moves beyond the devastating Ebola epidemic, corruption is taking centre stage once again, Jamie Hitchen reports.

“You can tell that Ebola is no longer a constant worry for residents of Freetown,” a friend told me on a recent trip to Sierra Leone’s capital, “just listen to the taxi drivers complain. For a long time they grumbled about […]

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    West African history and culture unveiled in British Library exhibition

West African history and culture unveiled in British Library exhibition

“A landmark exhibition at the British Library finally explodes the colonial myth of Africa being the dark continent.”

So begins a review of the ongoing British Library exhibition West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song in the publication Nigerian Watch, praise that is very much deserved.

From the ancient Mali empire to the modern day, West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song traces over 1000 […]

January 30th, 2016|Arts/Culture, Featured|0 Comments|

Flooding in Freetown: a failure of planning?

In the aftermath of the devastating floods in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown in September 2015, Jamie Hitchen highlights the urban challenges facing city planners.

According to Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) Freetown is home to at least 61 informal settlements, many of which are perched on the last vestiges of land before the sea. Their names evoke this proximity to water: […]

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    Book Review – Evaluating Transitional Justice: Accountability and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone (eds.) Kirsten Ainley, Rebekka Friedman & Chris Mahony

Book Review – Evaluating Transitional Justice: Accountability and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone (eds.) Kirsten Ainley, Rebekka Friedman & Chris Mahony

Evaluating Transitional Justice: Accountability and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone provides the most thorough account to date of a landmark moment in the history of transitional justice, says Jamie Hitchen.

 

The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) was the first ‘hybrid’ international criminal tribunal. It was set up to try those allegedly responsible for atrocities committed during the country’s […]

Post-Ebola: What road towards recovery?

The Ebola outbreak had claimed the lives of more 11,000 people and has devastated entire communities at both an economic and psychosocial level, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. There is a necessity to act upon the good intentions and circumstantial discourses, learn lessons and react, says Sandra Lhote-Fernandes.

The main lesson from this crisis has been the inability of health systems to deal […]

August 26th, 2015|Health|0 Comments|

How Bad Data fed the Ebola Epidemic

Misleading reports, speculation and poor projections from international agencies, government ministries and the media about the Ebola outbreak have exacerbated the problem, say Rachel Glennerster, Tavneet Suri and Herbert M’Cleod.

The West African Ebola outbreak first hit Sierra Leone in May 2014, followed by an explosion of cases in the capital Freetown in September. The epidemic now counts more than […]

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