Since the mid 1980's, the ILO has been the executing agency for labour-based
multi-sectoral projects with significant feeder road components. About 200 km
feeder roads have been improved with ILO technical assistance funded by UNDP and
investment funds provided by DANIDA, EU, Italy and UNCDF.
Between 1992 and 1995, the ILO provided technical assistance to a UNDP/UNCDF-funded
project aiming at rehabilitating about 200 km of the feeder road network in
Moyamba District by involving local small-scale contractors. The project
enhanced the capabilities of road rehabilitation brigades and provided
employment and training opportunities to a large labour force.
Based on the successful experience of the above projects, the Government
decided to expand its labour-based programme into Kambia, Port Loko and
Tonkolili Districts and to rehabilitate some 360 km of feeder roads by local
contractors. A new project was financed by the World Bank as a sub-component of
their Agriculture Sector Support Project (ASSP) to be executed by the Sierra
Leone Road Authority with ILO technical assistance. By May 1997, the project had
trained some 40 small-scale labour-based contractors and rehabilitated about 300
km of feeder roads to all weather standards, generating considerable employment
opportunities. Though the project was scheduled for completion in December 1997,
it was interrupted in June 1997 due to a coup d'etat followed by conditions of
Following ECOMOG intervention in February 1998, the situation in Sierra Leone
registered a considerable improvement. In May, a World Bank mission reached
important agreements with the Government and it was decided to extend IDA's
support for agriculture and rural development during an emergency period of 12
months. In this context, the ILO-assisted "Spot improvement of feeder roads
and small bridges" project was re-launched in August 1988. This new
intervention was meant as a continuation of the above-mentioned project.
In December 1998, further to a new escalation of violence in the country,
project operations had to be stopped. In June 1999, the WBASSP programme was
terminated at the request of the WB. The Government would like UNDP/UNCDF to
revive a frozen project as of September 1999, with ILO technical assistance.