Social Funds Innovation Notes are published informally by the Social Funds Thematic Group of the Human Development Network – Social Protection. These replaced the earlier series called Social Funds Innovation Updates.
(World Bank, Washington, DC, 2007-06)
Hackett, Julie; Sum, June-Wei
This note explores how a
community-driven approach has successfully made inroads in
Sierra Leone, a country racked by internal violence and
without a tradition of widespread civic participation. By
mobilizing village members to work together to rebuild
physical infrastructure destroyed by the war, the World
Bank's National Social Action Project is also
rebuilding trust and collective action amongst a divided
population. In particular, the project targeted areas not
previously serviced by Government, 'newly accessible
areas,' (those which were under rebel control until the
end of the war in 2002); as well as the most vulnerable
population groups within those areas.