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HRCSL strategic plan validated

By Ibrahim Tarawallie

In a bid to enhance its work on the promotion and protection of human rights in the country, the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) has validated its five years strategic plan (2021-2025).

The validation exercise at the Sierra Leone Library Board in Freetown on Thursday December 3, 2020 was funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Irish Aid.

In 2019, the country’s national human rights institution engaged the UNDP and Irish Aid to support the development of a new strategic plan because the current expired at the end of the year.

The need to develop a strategic plan that is modern, pragmatic and a document that provides a new direction for the commission to deliver on its mandate effectively cannot be overemphasize.

According to Executive Secretary of the HRCSL, Mr. Joseph Kamara, this would be the fourth Strategic plan to be validated since the establishment of the commission 2004.

“The current strategic plan will expire on December 31, 2020. This strategic plan will be different from the previous ones because the consultant made sure that an implementation plan is added to it,” he said.

He encouraged participants to make meaningful comments and proffer recommendations that will be captured in the final document that will be submitted to the commission, UNDP and Irish Aid.

Also speaking, the commission’s Vice Chairperson, Victor I. Lansana stated that the preparation and validation of the strategic plan is a major milestone in the history of the commission.

He noted that the validation process was an opportunity for all, especially staff to be able to access a document that is meant to improve the work of the commission.

According to him, several strategic plans have been developed and implemented but most of them were not exhaustive. He expressed hope that the commission’s 2021-2025 strategic plan will not only be implemented but also activities within the plan will be exhausted.

While encouraging participants to actively participate in the process, Commissioner Lansana thanked the UNDP and Irish Aid for their support.

During his presentation, the consultant, Dr Ibrahim Bangura stated that during the development of the strategic plan, an inclusive and participatory approach was adopted.

“This strategic plan is very pragmatic as it looks at the limited resources the commission has and makes plan to help the commission mobilize resources and also help them better manage the limited resources they are able to mobilize,” he said.

Emphasizing the importance of the validation exercise, Dr. Bangura noted that the views and perspectives expressed by participants will be important in the preparation of the final document.

The Consultant made a presentation on the overview of the strategic plan with emphasis on the six (6) outcome areas and their output. The implementation plan was also discussed.

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