Sierra Leone continued to make modest progress in post-war reconstruction and the aftermath of the 2014 “twin shocks“: the Ebola crisis and the fall in commodity prices, which led the economy to shrink by more than one-fifth.

The government has failed to successfully diversify the economy, leaving it extremely vulnerable to exogenous developments beyond the control of domestic actors. Corruption is endemic, service delivery by the state is deficient at all administrative levels, the majority of the people live in multidimensional poverty, and disaffection among youth is growing.

Long-term goals are regularly affected by short-term interests. For example, the ruling party has a tendency to use state resources to promote its reelection campaigns, neglecting development needs and pressing reforms.

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