Seeking to finance the achievement of key results, including: (i) competitiveness in pay, performance management and accountability; (ii) increased recruitment of middle and senior staff in the civil service
WASHINGTON, DC, May 31 2012 - The Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank has today approved US$ 17 million by the International Development Association (IDA*) for the Pay and Performance Project for Sierra to finance the achievement of priority pay and performance reforms in the civil service which are needed to achieve the economic growth and poverty reduction goals of the country.
Sierra Leone suffered from severe depletion in the capacity of the civil service during the prolonged civil war. Ten years on, the need for a strong, capable and accountable civil service has only increased. Over the next three years, the project will support the Government’s flagship program, Improving Productivity through Management and Pay Reforms, which focuses on three reform areas, namely: (i) pay reforms, (ii) recruitment, staffing, performance management and (iii) accountability of the civil service.
During the life of the project, between 800-1000 critical technical positions in the “missing middle” will be filled across government via open, competitive and merit-based procedures, thus raising the capacity of government to formulate and implement sound policies and improve service delivery. The objective of pay reform is to improve competitiveness and internal equity in pay setting to enable the civil service to attract and retain qualified professionals. Several reforms, including the involvement of non state actors in the evaluation of the performance of ministries are aimed at strengthening transparency and social accountability. The project will be implemented by the Public Sector Reform Unit, Human Resources Management Office, Public Service Commission and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in collaboration with various MDAs.
According to the World Bank, the project will use an innovative results-based approach that links funding to outputs and outcomes rather than to inputs; allows government to identify the reform path and approach; and promotes ‘joined-up’ and coordinated government functioning which is critical for the successful implementation of such reforms.
World Bank Country Manager for Sierra Leone, Vijay Pillai, says “The project is timely for Sierra Leone given that a reformed civil service would greatly facilitate the smooth economic transformation. Success would require strong political leadership, coordinated action by key parts of government, and addressing some deep-seated challenges in the civil service. Through this project we look forward to supporting Sierra Leone’s efforts in this regard.”
* The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), established in 1960, helps the world’s poorest countries by providing loans (called “credits”) and grants for projects and programs that boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve poor people’s lives. IDA is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 81 poorest countries, 39 of which are in Africa. Resources from IDA bring positive change for 2.5 billion people living on less than $2 a day. Since 1960, IDA has supported development work in 108 countries. Annual commitments have increased steadily and averaged about $15 billion over the last three years, with about 50 percent of commitments going to Africa.
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