Past eventResearch Event

Fighting Corruption in Sierra Leone: Progress and Challenges

17 November 2009 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Chatham House, London


Abdul Tejan-Cole, Commissioner, Anti-Corruption Commission, Sierra Leone



After 11 years of civil war, Sierra Leoneans waged a new war against widespread corruption and mismanagement which undermined economic development and eroded public confidence in government, public institutions and companies. Soon after his inauguration in 2007, President Ernest Bai Koroma applied a policy of zero tolerance of corruption; he reformed the Sierra Leone Anti-Corruption Commission and appointed Abdul Tejan-Cole, a former human rights lawyer as its head.

Mr Tejan-Cole will discuss the progress that has been made, the challenges Sierra Leone faces to eradicate corruption and what needs to be done to overcome them.