Volume 6, Issue 2, June 2020, Page: 30-36
Enablers for Achieving a Pathway to Sustainable Development in Sierra Leone
Ishmail Sheriff, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Suzhou University of Science and Technology, Shihu Campus, Suzhou; People’s Republic of China
Sisay Abebe Debela, School of Public and Environmental Health, Hawassa University College of Medicine and Health Science, Hawassa; Ethiopia
Matthew James Turay, School of Economics, Beijing Technology and Business University, People’s Republic of China
Osman Alhaji Kabia, Department of Geography and Rural Development, Faculty of Social Sciences, Ernest Bai Koroma University of Science and Technology, Makeni Campus, Sierra Leone
Musa Titus Sesay, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Suzhou University of Science and Technology, Shihu Campus, Suzhou; People’s Republic of China
Received: Apr. 8, 2020;       Accepted: May 3, 2020;       Published: May 28, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijsdr.20200602.12      View  72      Downloads  35
It is almost five years since the adoption of the United Nations (UN) sustainable development agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2015. While each member state has the flexibility to design its own SDGs priorities, and is on the implementation process of the goals, here, we suggest how better planning, research, and innovation could help to achieve sustainable development in Sierra Leone. We draw attention to the necessity of developing a national sustainable development plan in Sierra Leone to guarantee concentrated national priorities so as to strengthen the efficiency of interventions and to effectively deliver sustainable development outcome. However, this will require the commitment of political parties, and other stakeholders so as to prevent a predisposition to create intergenerational and intragenerational imbalances. As enablers for the achievement of sustainable development, investment in and support for research and development is a crucial architecture that is required to implement, monitor and evaluate performance, and track progress on the SDGs, and also identify challenges so that they can be adequately addressed. While Sierra Leone has aspired to become an innovation hub in Africa, central to the success of such a dream and aspiration is the enactment of a resolution that can ensure the sustainability of the Directorate of Science Technology and Innovation (DSTI) which is the country’s innovation platform in future government administrations.
Sierra Leone, Sustainable Development Goals, Innovation, Research and Development
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Ishmail Sheriff, Sisay Abebe Debela, Matthew James Turay, Osman Alhaji Kabia, Musa Titus Sesay, Enablers for Achieving a Pathway to Sustainable Development in Sierra Leone, International Journal of Sustainable Development Research. Vol. 6, No. 2, 2020, pp. 30-36. doi: 10.11648/j.ijsdr.20200602.12
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