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ECOWAS Commission adopts the Integrated HCD StrategyECOWAS Commission adopts the Integrated HCD Strategy

As ECOWAS Commission adopts the Integrated HCD Strategy

MoPED and HCD Secretariat commence maiden meeting to strengthen implementation in Sierra Leone.

January 2022 – The Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, in collaboration with the Human Capital Development (HCD) Secretariat, organized a one-day engagement with related partners and focal persons to initiate action for the implementation of all interventions prioritized within the ECOWAS Human Capital Strategy that was adopted on the 19th June 2022 in Accra, Ghana by Heads of States and Government during the ECOWAS fifty-ninth (59th) Ordinary Session.

The ECOWAS HCD strategy of which Sierra Leone’s approach to human capital development aligns with ensures that there is a clear agenda that significantly improves outcomes across the priority thematic areas, which includes: Health and Nutrition, Education, Skills and Labor participation as well entrepreneurship, financial inclusion, and digital payments.

The strategy also enhances a creative balance between physical and human capital by improving government expenditure on HCD related projects, driving real economic growth, reducing poverty rates by prioritizing HCD efforts, and improving resource mobilization in the priority thematic areas.

In his opening address, the Development Secretary, Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, Peter Sam-Kpakra, stated the importance of the meeting, emphasizing that the HCD was a top priority of the New Direction Government, under His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio.

He encouraged all participants to take every discussion seriously, admonishing them to make meaningful contributions to the process.

Dr. Yakama Manty Jones is the Director of Research & Delivery, Ministry of Finance, and Focal Person for the Human Capital Development project. While highlighting the critical areas to discuss in the HCD strategy, the HCD was a key driver to Sierra Leone’s achievement of SDGs and the Medium-Term National Development Plan (MTNDP) 2019-2023.

Dr. Manty Jones created the platform for all in attendance to give their feedback, experiences, and suggestions with regards to implementation, building data systems, and reporting on their HCD specific projects, which would help map the way forward and build a better implementation and reporting mechanism for all selected HCD interventions.

The meetings also included the formation of HCD Squads developing a Dashboard.
Consultation on updating reporting template, HCD reboot, planning workshop, Data collection, and research by the newly recruited HCD Secretariat Support Associates in collaboration with HCD focal persons.

These meetings are part of engagements to support the consolidation of the implementation of the ECOWAS Regional HCD Strategy in Sierra Leone. The ECOWAS Commission has provided grant resources of USD 75,000 for these activities, building data systems at its core.

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