BBC Media Action in Sierra Leone is helping to improve access to vital services (Wi Di Pipul) and youth engagement (Mi Stori) through radio debate and social media. We've also helped improve government transparency and accountability in Sierra Leone through talk-show Tok Bot Salone.
During the Ebola crisis we worked with media and NGO partners to provide life-saving information and engaging radio drama as well as providing training for journalists and public service announcements.
Our educational programmes enabled cocoa farmers to gain new skills at a time when they were recovering from the long-term economic effects of the civil war.
We also helped raise public awareness, understanding and debate about the processes of international justice by supporting Sierra Leonean and Liberian journalists to report from the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor in The Hague.
All Sierra Leone projects
There are 32,500 girls in Sierra Leone aged 13-17 who are not in school. Our project called Every Adolescent Girl Empowered and Resilient (EAGER) aims to aid in their transition to education, training or employment and inspire hope for their future.
Using insight from our response to the Ebola outbreak we're building awareness about malaria for those most at risk, using radio, TV, social media and community outreach.
Mi Stori (My Story) aims to inspire young people in Sierra Leone to be active, positive participants in their community through an interactive radio show and mini-documentaries championing positive role models.
A radio show focusing on the country’s health, education and social care sector – reporting problems, as well as discussing and sharing solutions.
A radio debate programme enabling Sierra Leoneans to ask questions of their leaders and discuss issues of national and local importance.
Latest Sierra Leone publications and resources
How BBC Media Action used radio to help stop myth and rumour during the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.
This paper looks at how adults in Sierra Leone use and access media and mobile phones.
Research summary: Sierra Leone’s changing media landscape offers fresh opportunities for development communications
A BBC Media Action survey reveals new opportunities for reaching audiences across Sierra Leone.
This paper reviews research innovation in the form of pioneering field experiments in the media and political development sector.
How BBC Media Action helped tackle Ebola by supporting local radio stations in Sierra Leone.