Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Announces $1.5 Million to Support Sierra Leone’s Electoral Review Process

United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
January 24, 2024

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Announces $1.5 Million to Support Sierra Leone’s Electoral Reform Processes

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, announced today in Freetown that the United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development, plans to invest $1.5 million to support Sierra Leone’s Agreement for National Unity.

“Democracy is not just a lofty ideal. It is the cornerstone of a free, fair, and prosperous society,” said Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield.

“The United States appreciates that the Government of Sierra Leone and opposition leaders have worked together to safeguard and to expand democracy, including through the historic Agreement for National Unity, which provides a pathway towards electoral reform and inter-party dialogue,” Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield continued. “But more progress is necessary.”

Through this investment, the United States will support the work of the Electoral Reform Committee by:

  • Providing technical assistance to strengthen the credibility and sustainability of the electoral reforms.
  • Engaging the citizens of Sierra Leone to strengthen awareness, buy-in, and ownership of the electoral review process.
  • Funding international and Sierra Leonean legal analysts to provide expert support to Parliament and political parties in implementing recommendations for electoral reform proposed in the final report by the Committee on Electoral Systems and Management Bodies.

“Our hope is that technical, legal, and civil society assistance will help Sierra Leone model democracy in a moment that so desperately calls for it,” said Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield.