Like many cities in the developing world, it has experienced major population increases in recent years. With now
more than a million inhabitants, coupled with weak land-use planning and enforcement, Sierra Leone has suffered a series of collateral problems. These include degradation of natural resources for building materials, urban sprawl and major deficiencies in public infrastructure; water supplies, drainage and waste disposal




Our Project

We have been developing a range of projects in Freetown that are aimed at building capacity within local communities and providing training opportunities to students.

By working with communities to map out their local area, we are helping people to cope with the impact of major infrastructure projects in a growing city whilst improving living conditions and fostering sustainable development.

By working with a local stakeholders including NGO’s, the University of Sierra Leone and Freetown City Council, we are working to provide skills, training and opportunities for communities

to have a positive effect on the city, Whilst the challenges are extensive, there is the promise of the political will and cooperation between different stakeholders that can lead to effective partnerships and participatory processes.

In 2013 we delivered skills training and a new community centre in Coconut Farm, a small neighbourhood on the edge of Freetown.

Key info

This project is

  • Engage




Sierra Leone


  • City wide planning
  • regeneration scoping

Project contact

Tom Perry

Project partners

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office