In all of these major goals below that are applicable to strategy over 2014 - 2015 OGI plans to disseminate information and encourage the people to provide their thoughts and feedback on how government is meeting their plans, or not, as is necessary. This will be done yet again in the spi rit of the tenets of an open government that promotes transparency, accountability, participation and collaboration.
Major Goal One - OGI will form an effective communication strategy around the Agenda for Prosperity
Agenda for Prosperity Pillars
Pillar 1 – Diversified Economic Growth
The Agenda for Prosperity ( AfP) gives pressing priority to promoting diversification towards economic sectors with long term potential for inclusive, s ustainable growth, to increase value - added aspects in production, and t o remove constraints to women’s participation in the economy. In all the s trategies that will focus on agriculture , fisheri es, manufacturing, and tourism. And others that Government will work to remove constraints, such as promoting feeder roads and other infrastructure, microfinance and wider financial access , setting up economic hubs and special economic zones, and institutional support improved coordination among MDAs and other actors is paramount . OGI will help facilitate this coordination and disseminate the information to the people on a continuum. .
Pillar 2 – Managing Natural Resources
The AfP Vision relies heavily on use of Sierra Leone’s rich natural resources, both renewable and non - renewa ble, to be the initial driver for rapid growth. Natural resources have the potential to generate significant revenues, but could also distort development in various ways if not properly planned. The Transformation Development Fund, to ensure natural resour ce revenues are used to promote Sierra Leone’s transformation and to sustain inclusive economic development. Strong coordination across - sectors and among a gencies and actors within sectors will be esse ntial, as will cooperation with neighbouring countries. The environment also faces challenges from on - going activities, such as land degradation from subsistence agriculture, forest exploitation, and unplanned urban development. Important strategy issues are specific to the following individual se ctors.
Pillar 3 – Accelerating Human Development
This Pillar seeks to develop human capital, to empower people to reduce poverty, and to accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals following significant strides from 2008 - 20 12. Strategies will promote the acceleration of human development, through improving education quality and access, providing extensive health services, controlling HIV/AIDS, providing safe water and improved sanitation, population policy including reducing mig ration to the cities and slowing fertility, and mainstreaming gender parity .
Pillar 4 – International Competitiveness
Economic growth will be determined by the success of Sierra Leone’s companies and industries, enabled by a supportive business environmen t, including a good institutional framework, adequate infrastructure, access to credit, and availability of skilled labour. It will need significant foreign direct investment, and so must be internationally competitive; at present it is low on global compe titiveness lists. Competitiveness will require partnership between public and private sectors, and coordination among MDAs and development partners. Government is giving priority to removing the wide range of identified constraints, and to building the nec essary supportive environment and infrastructure. It will emphasize a gender responsive approach in all activities to develop competitiveness.
Pillar 5 – Labour and Employment
Unemployment and under - employment are high, especially among youth and women; much of the labour force has little training or education. Q uality and productivity of informal work have to be improved, through training and education, small - enterprise development and acce ss to credit. Labour conditions need improvement. The AfP strategy is to encourage all economic actors to provide productive and adequately remunerative employment opportunities, for all who are willing to work, including vulnerable groups, while improving working conditions. Strategy calls to create employment, at all levels of the private and public sector economy; skills development; designing public works programmes to employ youth; and ensuring an employment - friendly institutional framework.
Pillar 6 – Social Protection
Economic growth has not reduced poverty, inequality and vulnerability to risks, resulting in why t he AfP stresses implementation of the 2011 National Social Protection Policy, to complement the effects of economic growth in building resilience. Strategies will develop social protection policies, institutions and programmes, building capacity of relevant agen cies and their staff; extending social insurance interventions; providing basic social protection packages for the vulnerable; strengthening support for nutrition, health care, education and housing.
Pillar 7 – Governance and Public Sector Reform
Good Governance, including access to justice, peace and security, and effective capacity in the public sector, ar e all pre - requisites for the AfP Vision. Capacity - building and other activities, in a wide range of vital and diverse sectors and areas of instituti onal development, all contribute to this crucial Pillar. The following below as delineated in Pillar 7 of the AfP are all relevant areas of importance to the OGI and in which the strategy of the organization will take into account as they form a middleman between the people and the government of Sierra Leone.
- Parliament, political and local governance, including institutional issues such as the relative roles of Chiefdoms and local councils.
- Anti - corruption and transparency, with the work of the Anti - Corr uption Commission. .
- IPublic finance management (for central and local government, and MDAs), including improving budgeting, expenditure management and revenue mobilization; developing the work of the Audit Commission, as well as Internal Audit; strengthening public procurement and fiscal decentralization .
- Public service reform, creating a capable public service of the right size, with an appropriate skills mix and job composition to deliver its core functions; development of agencies, institutions and policie s, including public sector pay reform; strengthening data systems
- Justice, Safety and Security Sector, including capacity - building for Justice, Security, P olice, Armed Forces, Prisons & F ire services. Strategies involve ensuring appropriate equitable acce ss to services for all; strengthening sector management, staffing with trained personnel, and institutional capacity; simplifying procedures; developing physical infrastructure to meet needs.
- Promotion of human rights and democracy, with the work of the Hu man Rights Commission and the National Commission for Democracy; developing human rights culture through education; and promoting public awareness of equality, non - discrimination and other human rights, issues and responsibilities.
Pillar 8 – Gender and Women’s Empowerment
Government has committed to gender equality and women’s empowerment, signing a range of policy declarations and enacting legislation. The AfP goal is to empower women and girls through (a) education, reducing socio economic barriers and supporting formal and non - formal education; (b) increasing their participation in decision - making in public, private, and traditional institutions, and access to justice and economic opportunities; (c) strengthening prevention and response mechanisms t o violence against women and girls; and (d) improving the business environment for women, with access to finance and capacity development. Government will enact Gender Equality legislation, set up a National Women’s Commission, and focus on coordinated gen der awareness and action across and among MDAs and civil society.