Sierra Leone

Our work in Sierra Leone began in 2008. Following its brutal civil war, Sierra Leone was one of the poorest countries in the world, with an average life expectancy of just 41 years. In recent years, Sierra Leone has taken great strides towards a brighter future. In the past decade, the country made the third largest improvement in governance of any country in Africa, according to the Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance. However, the powerful progress achieved is fragile.

AGI teams helped President Koroma’s government introduce the Free Healthcare Initiative for pregnant women and children. Before the Ebola crisis, this programme doubled the number of women giving birth in hospital, and saw recorded deaths among children treated for malaria fall by more than 80%. Our work in the Ministry of Agriculture meanwhile helped the government to push through agricultural reforms, which as much as doubled rice yields in parts of the country and built 900km of new road which now provide farmers with better access to markets.

We have worked with the government to help them eliminate Ebola and are proud of the role that we played at national and district level. The AGI funded programme continues to support their Sierra Leonean colleagues with their plans for recovery.  

Tony Blair is an old friend to us in Sierra Leone dating back to the days when he was Prime Minister. Indeed, he helped us at a time when we needed it most. It is gratifying to note that he and his team are still with us providing advice to deal with the many challenges that we face including the Ebola crisis.
President Ernest Bai Koroma


By July 2014, two months after arriving in Sierra Leone, Ebola reached the capital city, Freetown. Read how our team supported the government to respond to the crisis.
Sierra Leone has one of the lowest rates of electricity access in the world with less than one in ten homes connected to the grid. Our work aims to change this.
AGI has supported the Sierra Leonean government to build 900km of rural roads to help farmers get their goods to market
How do you get things done in government? See our team's work in Sierra Leone as an example.


AGI has supported the government to build nine hundred kms of rural roads, helping farmers to get their goods to market.


We have supported Sierra Leone to improve its World Bank Doing Business ranking by 16 places.


The governments plans to build a power station which will bring electricity to over 100,000 homes.

AGI In Action

Nov 2015

As Sierra Leone is declared Ebola free AGI's Country Head Kate Dooley looks back on 'the most daunting task of her career' and what comes next for AGI.
11th November 2015

Oct 2015

A number of AGI staff have been awarded medals by the British Government for their work on the Ebola response in West Africa. The Ebola Medal for service in West Africa is the first campaign medal ever to be issued as part of a humanitarian crisis response.
28th October 2015

On philanthropy and development with Howard Buffett and Tony Blair

Watch this video to hear from Mr Buffett, Tony Blair and Emmanuel de Merode, Warden of Virunga National Park in Congo, on Africa's development potential, conservation and philanthropy.
6th October 2015

Sep 2015


To achieve #GlobalGoals developing countries need to be in driving seat, find out why

25th September 2015
AGI was specially commended at the Third Sector awards for our work on Ebola. Find out more about our work and the awards here.
24th September 2015

Find out where AGI worked across the #EbolaResponse in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea #TSEAwards

24th September 2015

We have a High Commendation for the Big impact Award this year going to @tonyblair_agi. Nice work! #TSAwards

24th September 2015

Aug 2015


Joy as 42 day countdown began in Sierra Leone and last #Ebola patient discharged, @lisaocarroll @GdnDevelopment

25th August 2015

"People are really happy" says OB Sisay in Sierra Leone, as @WHO reports no new Ebola cases last week @BBCAfrica,

18th August 2015

Jul 2015


We're proud to have been shortlisted for Breakthrough of the Year for our work on Ebola by @TSEawards. More here:

29th July 2015