Sierra Leone, like many other countries in the Global-South, have many charities, international Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs), national NGOs, government agencies and other parastatal organizations, working to solve diverse development challenges. Most organizations working in Sierra Leone are either dealing directly or working with other organizations to support programs that touch on prosperity, peace, and planet challenges. These organizations have a combined monetary value worth millions of dollars. In 2013 alone, Sierra Leone received 448 million US dollars in Official Development Assistance (ODA). However, one major challenge that undermines the long term sustainability of most of these community projects is the culture of dependency created by aid expats in poorer countries.So much money is spent on foreign professionals but little attention is given to nurturing the growth of the local human resource base in Global-South countries. According to International Organization for Migration (IMO) 35% of total ODA to Africa is spent on expatriate professionals. Much of this exorbitant quota of money, spent on expats could otherwise directly benefit local communities, if local professionals were hired instead.
Complementing to the above problem, another challenge faced by development organization in Sierra Leone, is the lack of effective collaboration. There is no efficient platform dedicated solely for organizations to collaborate on for project development. Because of the lack of such platforms, it becomes hard for organizations to network, share or cooperate on designing and implementing projects for communities even with expensive expatriate professionals. The lack of such platform cost organizations more resources to design projects and less impact on communities. The lack of an efficient collaborative space, further supports the lack of common information poll on past, ongoing, and future projects in the country. This leads to information blackout, which cost organizations more resources in planning and implementing projects. And also inhibits the exchange of best practices and related experiences needed to make organization ready and innovative to solve community problems.
SEdLIC Executive Summary
SEdLIC uses one digital platform to promote the growth and involvements of more local experts in community projects and also promote efficient collaboration among organizations, local professionals and communities. SEdLIC will use the power technology to foster strong collaboration among all stakeholders; strengthen local organizations to succeed more. Especially on projects which addresses prosperity, peace and planet challenges in Sierra Leone.
SEdLIC Project Timeline
- Work with college lecturers and students to curate free online education material covering areas on prosperity, peace, and planet.
- Deploy the digital platform with curated learning material and more supplementary learning material in college departments covering prosperity, peace, and planet studies.
- Work with college lecturers and students to test the system.
- Make improvements to system based on feedback.
- Launch several research and project design competition for lecturers to use SEdLIC's platform and work with local communities to develop frugal project designs to pressing problems at intersection of prosperity, peace, and planet.
- Archive research outcomes and designed projects on SEdLIC's digital platform.
- Profile organizations working at intersection of prosperity, peace, and planet on SEdLIC platform.
- Have organization's test the system by learning how to collaborate on project designs using SEdLIC's archived data on prosperity, peace, and planet done by lecturers and students.
- Make organizations learn how to connect/contact research/project desings professionals and their teams in colleges.
- Make improvement on system based on feedbacks.
- Work with lecturers and students to do more research and project designs on community problems at the intersection of prosperity, peace, and planet.
- Update research reports and project archives on prosperity, peace and planet on SEdLIC's platform.
- Update and maintenance SEdLIC platform to make it more efficient for professionals and organizations working on projects overlapping prosperity, poverty, and planet for communities.
- Start working with organizations to collaborate and directly implement or adapt some of SEdLIC's database of project designs and research on prosperity,peace, and planet in local communities.
- Make organizations work with particular SEdLIC's project research and designers in colleges to implement project in local communities.
- Record on going project implementation and archive on SEdLIC's platform.
- Work with research and project design teams in colleges to do more research and project designs in local communities covering prosperity, peace, and planet problems.
- Archive all research documents and project designs on SEdLIC's platform.
- Make all research reports and project designs available online for international view to showcase the status report, best practices on solution bridges intersecting at prosperity, peace, and planet in Sierra Leone.
- Make it possible for international organizations to collaborate with local research and project design teams, local organizations to further work on adapting or implementing SEdLIC's archive of hundreds of research reports and project designs on solutions intersecting at prosperity, peace, and planet challenges in Sierra Leone.