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.

FAQ: The promise of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment principles for Sierra Leone

On the final day of the COP26 climate summit, Sierra Leone’s banking sector came together at a roundtable in Freetown, Sierra Leone, to agree on a coordinated approach towards mainstreaming environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards in their operations. This will help Sierra Leone tackle the effects of climate change by paving the way to a slice of the private finance pledged to support the global transition to net zero carbon emissions. Keep reading to find out more.

Textiles in Sierra Leone

Diversifying Sierra Leone’s economy is essential for the country’s economic and social development. Traditional Sierra Leonean textiles such as gara (a form of tie dye) and country cloth (cotton cloth hand woven in narrow strips and sewn together) offer opportunities to tap into a dynamic global fashion market.

Solar sector – Solar home system market analysis

This document presents analysis of the solar market to better understand the constraints and opportunities faced by the sector and to determine best-placed and systemic investments for the programme. It includes views of solar market limitations and finance constraints. Key constraints include distribution, skills, information and awareness. There is also a snapshot of solar market opportunities and recommendations for SOBA.

Solar market snapshot – Solar home system and solar energy policy

This document presents the government’s view of solar energy in Sierra Leone. In 2013, the government’s National Energy Policy and a Strategic Energy Plan set out their view for the coming years. This included the importance of renewable energy, dealing with regulatory barriers, signature to the Energy Africa Compact and collective action and advocacy.

Solar distributors & SOBA private sector partners

Solar distributors remain challenged with limited working capital, high costs associated with import and transportation requirements and long-term consumer financing, limited low-cost distribution options and limited solar product awareness. SOBA is collaborating with a number of Sierra Leone distributors and international suppliers to overcome these challenges.

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.

Invest in Sierra Leone: Opportunities in agricultural inputs

This document is intended to inform potential investors about the opportunities for the provision of agricultural inputs in Sierra Leone. In addition to the historical context of the country, there is an overview of the economy. This information covers the country’s resilience during periods of financial crisis and its efforts to attain middle-income status.

Business opportunity: Medicines, vaccines and veterinary services

There is a near complete lack of veterinary services in the market. The objective of this document is to highlight the opportunity for businesses to incorporate veterinary services and the import and distribution of poultry medicines and vaccines into their businesses within the Sierra Leonean poultry sector, and to improve veterinary service delivery.

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