Sierra Leone

Urban contextual analysis of extreme poverty in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Concern Worldwide

We undertook an urban contextual analysis of extreme poverty in Freetown, using a political economy approach to DFID’s sustainable livelihoods framework. The aim of the project was to understand extreme poverty in Freetown, with a focus on disaster risk in the city’s informal settlements. Analysing how social and political networks interact with indicators of urban poverty — facilitating or limiting access to better incomes, assets, services and employment opportunities in urban areas, we conducted fieldwork in three informal settlements in Freetown and produced a comprehensive contextual analysis report and on the basis of the research findings, developed programming options covering livelihoods, disaster risk reduction, health, education, and WASH.

Research team