Sierra Leone’s Office of Diaspora was established in 2008 by His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma to engage and encourage Sierra Leoneans in the Diaspora to contribute positively into national development; with a view to enhance a win-win situation between them , the Government of Sierra Leone and by extension the people of Sierra Leone.
Furthermore, it is estimated that approximately 30% of the educated nationals have left and more than half a million Sierra Leoneans live in the US and UK alone. The war also forced thousands of Sierra Leoneans to take refuge in the other Mano River Union States. Thus through what is commonly referred to as “brain drain”, Sierra Leone lost a large number of its best trained, most educated and skilled nationals depriving the country of the doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, managers and administrators.
In seeking to attract trained and experienced Sierra Leoneans back home so that they could help bridge the gaps in critical skills, Government embarked on ’Diaspora Project to serve as a channel for the coordination and promotion of those efforts. The project, which evolved into the ‘Office of Diaspora Affairs (ODA)’, provided a frame work for the mobilization of diaspora skills and resources which could add significant value to the socio-economic development of Sierra Leone.
Thus, the Diaspora Project was launched in October 2008.Three years later, the Office of Diaspora Affairs while under the aegis of the presidency, was transferred from the Office of the Chief of Staff at State House, to the Ministry of Political and Public Affairs.
Welcome Message – Director of Diaspora Affairs
Welcome to our website! We have designed it to make it much easier to find and share career interests and investment opportunities; while also giving a comprehensive insight on the roles and activities of the Diaspora Office as well as upcoming events.
As part of our commitment to keep our work easily accessible, we have created a more navigable website with additional resources, better tools to be able to search our – publications, presentations at seminars, photos and video galleries, job opportunities etc. and a new visual design to support your needs. Furthermore, new e-mail updates to help keep abreast with latest activities.
Reflecting on our commitment to the Agenda for Change and Agenda for Prosperity and continuous improvement, we welcome your feedback as we continue to improve this site.
We have a new engagement plan which includes a new survey for our Diaspora Community. Please use this link to complete this short survey;Talent Database of Sierra Leone Diaspora. This survey is also printed on cards, which our Desk Offices at the various border entry points give out to Sierra Leoneans in the Diaspora Community seeking to come home contribute their skills and resources to national development for our mama Salone. The information provided will not be used for any other purpose than stated above and participation is 100% voluntary. I encourage you to please take part in the survey!