In a bid to promote Transparency and Accountability in the Ministry of Youth Affairs, the Ministry is pleased to inform the general public that with funds from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) we are at the training stage that will be followed by the provision of Stimulus Grants to Young People in Business Ventures across Western Area.
The Stimulus Grant will be provided through Restless Development Sierra Leone as our Implementing Partner to support the recovery of one hundred and eighty-seven (187) youth-led businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.
This intervention will contribute to the Government of Sierra Leone’s Quick Action Economic Recovery Programme (QAERP), as part of the COVID-19 response plan.
In ensuring Transparency and Accountability is achieved, the Ministry of Youth Affairs in Collaboration with Restless Development constituted a technical review panel comprising of (NaCSA, MOYA, Restless Development and National Youth Coalition Representative of Youth CSOs) – who jointly facilitated the Selection Process.
After a rigorous process, the selection committee unanimously recommended 187 applicants (30 male & 157 female) youth-led businesses who were deemed successful in the verification and final pitching exercise. Each of these 187 businesses will receive a micro-grant amount reflecting the felt needs of their businesses which amounts to a grand total of Nine hundred and sixty- four million Leones (Le. 964,000,000.00) pending completion of a five days training exercise on basic business management and financial literacy.
In lieu thereof, the Ministry and its Implementing Partner requests the general public to verify the under mentioned screened and selected beneficiaries whose businesses have been selected to ascertain their Youth and business status before funds are disbursed to them on Friday 8th October 2021.
All quarries should be directed to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Restless Development offices or via mobile numbers +23276681879/+23276555447.
Mohamed Orman Bangura
Hon. Minister of Youth Affairs