ENCISS awarded Presidential Gold Medal

ENCISS is a winner of the Presidential Gold Medal, given in recognition of the programme's service to the nation in promoting good governance. Read more

ENCISS newsletter issue 6

ENCISS newsletter - August issue

The sixth edition of the ENCISS newsletter is available to download now, with the latest news, views and programme information from around Sierra Leone. Download now.

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Join the ENCISS team

ENCISS is now on the lookout for a talented and creative individual to join the team in our Freetown office. Do you have what it takes to be our next Communications Manager? Find out more.

News and views

Alpha Sankoh, ENCISS programme director
Phase 3 to run until Jan 2015, director confirms
thermometer and pills
ENCISS partners support efforts to halt outbreak
the roundtable discussion
ENCISS hosts high-level governance roundtable
Milestone event is deferred, due to Ebola outbreak

Learning Labs

Learning Labs. Read more.
Learning Labs is a new ENCISS initiative to promote a culture of sharing and learning among civil society and beyond, with the help of resources, events, radio broadcasts, case studies, testimonials and more.
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SMS Voices – a community reporting pilot

ENCISS has launched a pioneering community reporting pilot project that uses text message technology to connect citizens with local government in Sierra Leone. SMS Voices aims to support councillors to respond to members of their communities on current issues of concern. The three-month pilot sees 45 newly trained citizen reporters in Bo and Koinadugu Districts sharing news reports with their ward councillors via SMS (short message service – or text messaging), spanning themes such as gender, youth and justice. These councillors will then respond to the matters raised, again by text message, creating a feedback loop between citizens and local authorities. All conversations are transmitted and stored using a web-based system; ENCISS is monitoring the progress of the pilot with the help of an interactive map, below.

Find out more about SMS Voices

Grantee spotlight: creative solutions to conflict

A dynamic group of volunteer peace monitors have been steadily transforming their communities in southern Sierra Leone, under the guidance of Peace and Reconciliation Movement Sierra Leone (PRM-SL). With the support of an ENCISS project grant, the organisation has taken great strides in supporting local initiatives to prevent and mitigate conflict in the districts of Bo, Pujehun and Moyamba. As part of this, PRM-SL has recruited and trained local people to as volunteer peace monitors, who are dedicated to finding new and creative solutions to conflict at a community level.
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Peace monitoring volunteers taking part in training in Mattru Jong