The proposed Bo Municipality Urban Development Project is based on Growth Pole Concept. It will transform Bo Municipality through spatial planning into regional capital for regional trade, investment and business in the South-Eastern Economic Zone. The project will improve the urban infrastructure and service delivery by investing in urban design and planning; waste management; storm water drainage; urban mobility and transport infrastructure; urban economic system and disaster management.
The specific project development objectives include (i) develop and implement a spatial development masterplan for Bo Municipality, (ii) improve public infrastructure to support urban service delivery in Bo Municipality with the view to attract responsible investment in the South-Eastern Economic Zones, (iii) Improve institutional capacity and governance performance of the local councils to create an enabling business environment for potential investment in Bo District.
The project is at its concept stage. Preliminary pilot work had already begun to develop a rapid planning toolkit that will guide the planning for the city's urban extensions. Several urban plans were produced that identified future growth areas for urban development within the city. The toolkit developed will help provide guidance in the design and implementation of the Spatial Development for Bo Municipality in this project. Stakeholder engagement also completed with the institutional and implementation framework established.
Concept Stage: Specific projects are identified and conceptualized. There exists a basic economic model.
SDG 1 – No Poverty
The project is based on the the growth pole concept that will transform Bo Municipality into a regional capital for trade, investment and business in the South-Eastern Economic Zones. Such investment will create thousand of job opportunities and revenue source, particularly of the low-medium income populations.
SDG 2 – Zero Hunger
Improved public physical infrastructure will attract investment in the agricultural sector, which boost agricultural production, and transport mobility improve access to markets for agricultural produce.
SDG 3 – Good health and well being
Improved public infrastructure will improve access to healthcare service delivery.
SDG 4 – Quality Education
Improved urban mobility will enhance access to schools.
SDG 5 – Gender Equality
Improved urban infrastructures translate directly into women’s economic empowerment if a deliberate gender lens is taken during it identification, design and implementation. Improved transportation leads to increased women’s mobility and easy access to services such as; hospitals, schools; and markets to sell their produce and to trade. Infrastructure provision and improvement reduces time women spend on domestic tasks and that time saved can then be utilized in other economic activities that transform women’s lives. The construction of new transport, markets, and alternative energy facilities yield new opportunities for labour market participation, including huge opportunities for women “crossing over” into male-dominated sectors. Reduced exposure to risk – the perceived and actual risk of gender-based violence (GBV) has a significant impact on women’s economic participation. There is a wide range of basic infrastructure linked to reductions in GBV (e.g., installation of streetlights, cameras increase women’s safety in cities). Increasing women’s representation in local government bodies can both boost these women’s own empowerment, and also ensure gender is made visible when changes to infrastructure/services are discussed and designed.
SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation
The project will invest in waste management, and storm water drainage.
SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
The project will improve the physical urban infrastructure and service delivery by investing in innovative urban design and planning; waste management; storm water drainage; urban mobility and transport infrastructure; urban economic system; and disaster management.
SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
The project will design a National Spatial Development Plan that will the establishment of an integrated network for human settlements that are socially inclusive, environmentally resilient, and economical sustainable. It will address the urbanisation issues driven by urban-rural migration and rapid population growth by re-directing development efforts to the Provinces.
SDG 15 – Life on land
Well-planned settlements will improve effective land management and administration.
SDG 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institution
The project will improve the institutional capacity and governance performance of the local councils. A good governance will improve service delivery and enhance public confidence in public institutions. This will contribute to peace and cohesion.
The project will put in place mitigating mechanisms to address risks with a focus on strengthening capacity of MLHCP to perform oversight and back-stopping functions to the LCs. The overarching measures to mitigate these risks will be first, approval by parliament with concurrence from Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development. Secondly, a series of institutional enhancement activities financed by the project to address capacity gaps at all three levels. Project is structured to incentivize (a) timely annual performance assessment and inter- governmental fiscal transfers, and (b) demonstrating Municipal management capacity including fiduciary and safeguards requirements. The capacity gaps identified in contract management and social safeguards at the central and local levels will also be strengthened through technical assistance and tailor-made capacity building activities, which will include, training, on-job support and mentoring. The MLHCP and the National Monitoring and Evaluation Department (NMED) will continuously monitor performance to ensure both anticipated and unanticipated risks are addressed.
Public Private Partnership
No actual investment. Government has made strong commitment to partly finance the project.
Ministry of Finance, Government of Sierra Leone will provide USD 2Million as counterpart funding.
Technical support in procurement, project management and financial management still required.
Yes. National Level, Subnational/regional level.
The Government is willing to provide the enabling environment to ensure the effective implementation of the project, including but not limited to, legislative framework, effective monitoring and evaluation; and provide all permits required for project implementation.
Ministry of Finance - Minister
Ministry of Lands, Housing and Country Planning - Minister
Ministry of Planning and Economic Development - Minister
Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development - Minister
Bo Municipality - Mayor and Chief Administrator
Bo District Council - Chairman and Chief Administrator
Green Scenery - Executive Director
Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre - Executive Director
Cities Investment Platform in progress - updates pending
Project featured on the Cities Investment Platform, which was launched at the Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10)
No supporting documents included.