Resource bank

Explore this resource bank to find toolkits, advice and information for business in Sierra Leone, as well as COVID-19 resources including health advice, policy responses and guides for businesses. Search key words or use the filter buttons to refine your search.

United Nations (UN) Goodwill Ambassadors, Idris and Sabrina Elba, launch appeal for IFAD’s $200 million coronavirus relief fund for rural communities

An International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) news article about the IFAD Rural Poor Stimulus Facility which aims to lessen the impact of COVID-19 on rural small-scale farmers and producers in Sierra Leone.

Solar market snapshot – Financing gap

Current financial analysis indicates that: solar distributors in Sierra Leone are high risk investments; distributors require significant working capital to finance needs but find limited financing options; and long-term consumer finance is required to grow solar sales. This document also indicates financing alternatives compared to standard commercial options: PAYG solutions; patient capital and impact investment; and blended financing options.

Smart subsidy implementation guide

The ‘Smart Subsidy’ Implementation Guide is a manual for those interested in implementing a market-oriented subsidy and learning from Sierra Leone’s Smart Subsidy Pilot. This pilot was designed as a proof of concept and the primary purpose was to test, adapt and learn.

Financial services trials: Developing market-based service offerings for small and growing businesses (SGBs)

These trials were carried out to assist financial service providers to help small and growing businesses (SGBs) prepare proper books and records to help these businesses access finance and make better business decisions. The aims of these trials were to increase the value of businesses through training and services, to increase the value perception businesses have for financial service providers and to introduce rates affordable to SGBs.

COVID-19 and smallholder producers’ access to markets

A research brief by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on how smallholder farmers can respond to a health crisis, drawing on lessons learnt from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea during the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

Investment policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic

This Special Issue of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) Investment Policy Monitor (IPM) analyses what the bleak forecast means for investment policymaking and provides an updated overview of specific investment policy measures that countries have undertaken since the release of UNCTAD’s latest regular IPM in early April 2020.

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