Public Sector Reform Unit

Office of the President, 8 Wesley Street, Freetown

Capacity and Needs Assessment of Records Management in the Sierra Leone Public Service Final Report

By Contract No PSRU/CQS/01/04/14 dated 29th April 2014, the Public Sector Reform Unit (PSRU), with funds provided by the International Development Association, engaged the International Records Management Trust (IRMT) to carry out a Capacity and Needs Assessment of Records Management in the Sierra Leone Public Service.


An Inception Report and an Interim Report were submitted in May 2014. These are reproduced at Annex 1 and Annex 2 respectively. The full Terms Of Reference for the project and the terms of reference for experts and support staff are attached at Appendix A and Appendix B respectively. This Final Report provides accurate and relevant information about the current capacity within MDAs for effective and efficient management (use, storage, maintenance) in the short-term and long-term of paper and electronic-based public records at both institutional and national level. It also sets out proposals and recommendations for establishing a new National Records and Archives Department, putting in place the necessary legislative and regulatory framework to support it, creating the physical infrastructure by constructing a new National Records and Archives building, and developing the skills required as Sierra Leone makes the transition to the electronic environment.