The CSAR and CRM findings reveal that a significant constraint to good governance processes across the four thematic areas in Sierra Leone is lack of capacity and poor policy implementation. These militate against achievement of the objectives under An Agenda for Change and the Millennium Development Goals, and other policies of the government. This situation exists despite continuing efforts by the Government, in partnership with the private sector and civil society, to design public-interest legal and policy framework and reforms for pursuing good governance and development initiatives and programmes in the country, under An Agenda for Change.
The interrelated problems of weak capacity and poor policy implementation, so characteristic of developing African states, has been compounded in the case of Sierra Leone by the residual effects of the country’s civil war on the public and private sector alike. For example, a major finding of the CRM is that the civil war depleted the country’s public service in number and quality. It remains understaffed and under-resourced despite reform and policy measures to address the problem.