Last updated: 24/3/2022

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area

Programme Details

Programme objectives

To create employment opportunities in the short term and to improve the employability of beneficiaries.

References
World Bank. 2010. Integrated Safeguards Datasheet Appraisal Stage. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/ IB/2010/06/02/000262044_20100607091838/Rendered/PDF/Integrated0Saf1et010Appraisal0Stage.pdf>.
Programme components
Cash for work; skills development and employment support
Start date
2010
References
This project started in 2010 with funding from the World Bank from 2010–2015. The cash-for-work component is expected to be scaled up in the coming years. Reference: World Bank. 2015. “PROJECT - Youth Employment Support.” World Bank website. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.worldbank.org/projects/P121052/youth-employment-support?lang=en>. World Bank. 2015. Implementation Status & Results Report - Seq No: 9. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/ AFR/2015/06/12/090224b082f22a7f/1_0/Rendered/PDF/Sierra0Leone000Report000Sequence009.pdf>.
Previous programme name (if any)
Youth Employment Support Project (YESP)
Coverage
45,993 direct beneficiaries (2015)
References
World Bank. 2015. “PROJECT - Youth Employment Support.” World Bank website. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.worldbank.org/projects/P121052/youth-employment-support?lang=en>.
Programme expenditure
The total project cost was USD20 million (2015).
References
World Bank. 2015. “PROJECT - Youth Employment Support.” World Bank website. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.worldbank.org/projects/P121052/youth-employment-support?lang=en>.

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Geographical Targeting
Self-Targeting
Targeted areas
Cash for work: Kono, Bombali, Moyamba, Western Rural The cash-for-work sub-projects were allocated among the poorest and most food-insecure districts, selected through an intra-district targeting methodology. Skills development and employment support: interventions in urban areas were focused on the cities of Freetown, Bo, Kenema and Kono.
References
World Bank. 2011. Implementation Support Mission for Youth Employment Support Project and Implementation Completion Report (ICR) Preparation Mission for National Social Action Project. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/ default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/AFR/2015/08/13/090224b08171dd8d/2_0/Rendered/PDF/ SL0YESP0NSAPCF0Feb020110final0docx.pdf>.
Target groups
Cash for work: youth. Skills development and employment support: urban youth with low levels of education (from none up to some secondary schooling) and rural youth, irrespective of their levels of education.
References
World Bank. 2010. Emergency Project Paper on a Proposed Credit in the Amount of SDR 7.5 Million USD11.0 Million Equivalent and Grant in the Amount of SDR 6.2 Million (USD9.0 Million Equivalent) to the Republic of Sierra Leone for a Youth Employment Support Project. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2010/06/ 25/000334955_20100625001952/Rendered/PDF/544190PJPR0P12101Official0Use0Only1.pdf>.
Eligibility criteria
Cash for work: beneficiaries were residents of the selected localities and 15–35 years old. Participation was limited to one person per household and at least 30 per cent of the workers had to be women. In case of excess demand, beneficiaries were selected from the eligible people via a lottery and in case of limited demand, beneficiaries were selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Skills development and employment support: young people aged 15–35, who were not attending school.
References
World Bank. 2010. Emergency Project Paper on a Proposed Credit in the Amount of SDR 7.5 Million USD11.0 Million Equivalent and Grant in the Amount of SDR 6.2 Million (USD9.0 Million Equivalent) to the Republic of Sierra Leone for a Youth Employment Support Project. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2010/06/ 25/000334955_20100625001952/Rendered/PDF/544190PJPR0P12101Official0Use0Only1.pdf>.

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Cash for work: cash and training. Two types of training were also provided to beneficiaries of the cash-for-work component: contractor training on labour-intensive public works, and mentorship on money management and entrepreneurship. Skills development and employment support: training provided by Partners in Relief and Development (PaRD), Hands Empowering the Less Privileged in Sierra Leone (HELP–SL) and ChildFund.
References
World Bank. 2010. Emergency Project Paper on a Proposed Credit in the Amount of SDR 7.5 Million USD11.0 Million Equivalent and Grant in the Amount of SDR 6.2 Million (USD9.0 Million Equivalent) to the Republic of Sierra Leone for a Youth Employment Support Project. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2010/06/ 25/000334955_20100625001952/Rendered/PDF/544190PJPR0P12101Official0Use0Only1.pdf>.
Amount of benefits
Cash for work: daily range of SLL6,000 (USD1.50) –SLL7,500 (USD1.90)
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
The cash-for-work component lasts from 50 to 75 days.
References
Koroma, A.A. 2012. “Learning from Past Experiences for Future Opportunities in Youth Employment in West Africa Abuja, Nigeria.” Presentation at the Youth Employment Workshop in Abuja, Nigeria, 23 July 2013. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://pt.slideshare.net/iegfeedback/experiences-fromsierra- leone-in-youth-employment>.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
The National Commission for Social Action was in charge of monitoring the programme. An external evaluation was also comissioned.
References
World Bank. 2010. Emergency Project Paper on a Proposed Credit in the Amount of SDR 7.5 Million USD11.0 Million Equivalent and Grant in the Amount of SDR 6.2 Million (USD9.0 Million Equivalent) to the Republic of Sierra Leone for a Youth Employment Support Project. Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2010/06/ 25/000334955_20100625001952/Rendered/PDF/544190PJPR0P12101Official0Use0Only1.pdf>.