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SDDirect is a core partner in the Strengthening Community-led Accountability to Improve Service Delivery in Sierra Leone (SABI) Programme. The consortium is led by Christian Aid and includes Mango, Restless Development and BBC Media Action.

SABI is a DFID-funded four-year programme (2016 – 2020) that was developed against the background of poor delivery of basic social services in Sierra Leone and the demonstration in the Ebola response of both the need for community engagement as well for citizens to play a more active role in development by working to secure their rights and entitlements to services.

SABI is designed around four main streams of work: (1) strengthening citizen-state interaction towards improving the provision of services; (2) improved data collection on service delivery in partnership with young people to track progress and support advocacy; (3) the delivery of small grants to communities to help them to respond to service delivery accountability challenges; and (4) creating a better understanding of what works to improve accountable service delivery and sharing lesson learning with development partners. SABI envisages citizens taking a leading role in gathering data and in addressing issues with service delivery locally.

SDDirect plays a crucial role in ensuring that Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) is at the heart of what SABI does. In the first six months of implementation, SDDirect led a collaborative process in developing a GESI strategy that outlines three strategic objectives, each intended to support the programme’s goal of improving access to entitlements and public goods and services for all – including women and other excluded groups; and to build long term meaningful and sustainable change for accountability.

The three cross-cutting GESI objectives are:

  • SABI is an accountability programme that also models the change it wants to see with regards to GESI as well as issues related to transparency and accountability to excluded groups.
  • All SABI grantees are GESI-sensitive (inclusive approaches, gender/social inclusion-sensitive analysis and M&E, results).
  • SABI learning enables a better understanding of the ways in which pathways of accountability differ for men, women and excluded groups among them.

SDDirect continues to support the implementation of the GESI strategy by providing high level oversight and technical expertise to the programme team and implementing partners.

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