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Sierra Leone

Records and Archives Management (SL0029)



Action Plan: Sierra Leone Action Plan 2019-2021

Action Plan Cycle: 2019

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Ministry of Information and Communications

Support Institution(s): Right to Access Information Commission, Human Resource Management Office, Public Sector Reform Unit, Directorate of Science Technology and Innovation, Office of the President, Mr. Muniru Kawa, Independent Consultant Society for Knowledge Management Society for Democratic Initiatives Federations

Policy Areas

Access to Information, Legislation & Regulation, Legislative, Records Management, Right to Information

IRM Review

IRM Report: Sierra Leone Design Report 2019-2021

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


What is the public problem that the commitment will address?
The Public Archives Act is an essential step in
ensuring effective implementation of the Right to
Access Information Act. Without proper records
management systems of key government
documents, they cannot be publicly disclosed. The
critical lack of records has hampered the fight
against corruption and achievement of international
benchmarks, such as attainment of the Sustainable
Development Goals.

What is the commitment?
This commitment is geared towards ensuring that
Sierra Leone has a law on Archives and Records
management which will support the implementation
of the Right to Access Information.

How will the commitment contribute to solving the public problem?
Effective records management is also important for
accountable and transparent operation of public
institutions. To complete the passage of the
National Records and Archives Bill and to
harmonize policies and procedures for managing
digital records with the Right to Access Information
law and the open data portal.
This commitment will support the implementation of
the Right to Access Information Act in a bid to
improve public transparency. It will also support the
fight against corruption by:
 Increasing public integrity;
 Improving the effective management of public
resources; and
 Using innovation and technology.
Why is this commitment
relevant to OGP values
Access to information: The passing of the
Archives and Records Management Law will
support the implementation of the right to access
information law.
Public Accountability: When there is a law that
makes it mandatory for public officials to keep public
documents, citizen will use it to hold public officials
accountable especially when the records relate to
service delivery.Technology and innovation: The assessment of
digital records in the government agencies to
determine what exists and to develop structures for
coordinating, capturing, preserving and sharing
these records will set the pace for accessing digital

Additional Information:
The Right to Access Information Act was passed in
October 2013 and the Right to Access Information
Commission (RAIC) was set up in 2014.
Efforts were made to pass the Records and
Archives Management Bill in 2016 and 2017, but it
was stalled along the way before being tabled in


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    SL0022, 2019, Access to Justice

  2. Improving Access to Secondary School

    SL0023, 2019, Education

  3. Tax System Transparency

    SL0024, 2019, Fiscal Openness

  4. Beneficial Ownership Registry

    SL0025, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  5. Improve Implementation of Right to Access to Information

    SL0026, 2019, Access to Information

  6. Advancing Gender Equality

    SL0027, 2019, Access to Justice

  7. Open Parliament

    SL0028, 2019, Capacity Building

  8. Records and Archives Management

    SL0029, 2019, Access to Information

  9. Gender

    SL0012, 2016, Capacity Building

  10. Foreign Aid Transparency

    SL0013, 2016, Access to Information

  11. Waste Management

    SL0014, 2016, Capacity Building

  12. Fiscal Transparency and Open Budget

    SL0015, 2016, Access to Information

  13. Audit Report

    SL0016, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  14. Climate Change

    SL0017, 2016, Access to Information

  15. Elections

    SL0018, 2016, Access to Information

  16. Record Archive Management

    SL0019, 2016, Access to Information

  17. Access to Justice

    SL0020, 2016, Access to Justice

  18. Open Public Procurement Contracting

    SL0021, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  19. Publish and Revise 70% of Mining and Agricultural Lease Agreements and Contracts

    SL0009, 2014, Access to Information

  20. Starred commitment Right to Access Information Law

    SL0010, 2014, Access to Information

  21. Open Data Portal for Transparency in Fiscal and Extractive Transactions

    SL0011, 2014, Access to Information

  22. Public Integrity Pact with 5 Ministries, Departments, and Agencies

    SL0001, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  23. Archives and Records Management Act

    SL0002, 2014, Access to Information

  24. Scale up Performance Management and Service Delivery Directorate

    SL0003, 2014, Public Participation

  25. Compliance with Audit Measures

    SL0004, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  26. Starred commitment Single Treasure Account

    SL0005, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  27. Extractive Industry Revenue Act

    SL0006, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  28. Scaling up Extractive Industry Transparency Initiatives

    SL0007, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  29. Local Content Policy (LCP) Linkages with MDAs

    SL0008, 2014, Capacity Building

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