Oxfam IBIS in Sierra Leone

Oxfam IBIS has worked in Sierra Leone since 2006. The first project aimed at increasing the number of older children and young people in basic schooling, which they had missed out on due to years of civil war. Oxfam IBIS in Sierra Leone has 30 employees, 14 partners and had a turnover in 2012 of DKK 14.8 million. Currently, Oxfam IBIS’ work also involves furthering democracy for the benefit of the most impoverished.

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Together with the Danish upper-secondary students’ nationwide fundraising appeal, ‘Operation One Day’s Work’, we set up 30 local mine watch groups of young women and men to keep an eye on environmental and working conditions in the mining sector. The project was delayed due to Ebola, but is now up and running since 2015.

 

Several of our partners were taught in the use of social media in 2015. One outcome was that a group of Americans with roots in Sierra Leone discovered a mayor from the town of Koidu, and invited him to a fundraising event in the USA.

 

Oxfam IBIS drew up simplified versions of the budgets of the national government and of three districts. In 2015 they were publicised in 16 radio, television and print media, and made it easier for civil society to hold the authorities to account.