The Evolution of
SEND Sierra Leone

SEND Sierra Leone has evolved through three phases, each generating innovative management and programming strategies that enabled the organization to achieve 10 significant development results. The strategies, tools and partnerships used to accomplish these results will guide SEND Sierra Leone in implementing the five Strategic Directions of the organisation. These impacts are presented below.


2004 - 2008

Phase One: Operating as
Consultancy Service Provider

SEND WEST Africa started operating in Sierra Leone in 2004
in response to a World Bank and GOSL short- term consultancy assignment
to monitor micro-projects addressing HIV/AIDs issues, working with a small team
of local consultants. SEND also provided support to the Network Movement for
Justice and Development to replicate SEND Ghana’s use of Participatory Monitoring and
Evaluation to promote accountability and transparency in the implementation of the Sierra Leone
Poverty Reduction Strategy. These consultancy assignments exposed SEND to opportunities for
further working in Sierra Leone

2008 - 2015

Phase Two: Promoting Livelihood Security,
Women in Governance and Accountability in the
Health Sector in Kailahun District

From 2008 to 2015, SEND was headquartered in
Kailahun, implementing projects in 14 chiefdoms.
Kailahun District was selected because it was where
the civil war of the 1990s started and the last district
where the rebels were disarmed. Over 80 percent of
the estimated 420,000 population were living below
the poverty level in 2004, making Kailahun the poorest
district in the country. The Kailahun Livelihood Security
Promotion Programme was modeled on a similar
program of SEND Ghana and a staff person from this
project was transferred to Sierra Leone to manage it

2016 - 2018

Phase Three: Expanding Health
Infrastructures, Women in Governance
Networks and Nutrition Security in Eastern Region

During this phase, SEND expanded to Kono and
Kenema Districts, as well as in Western Region. Kenema
became SEND’s head office supported by three satellite
offices in Kailahun, Kono and Freetown and the number
of staff grew from less than 40 at the end of 2015 to
67 in 2018, with women accounting for 30 percent.
The organization was transformed in 2014 from a
Programme of SEND West Africa into a national NGO
headed by a Country Director, supervised by a National
Executive Committee