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Freetown, Sierra Leone, Planning for growth

The Prince's Foundation for Building Community

Our work extends across the world, as we try to engage, educate and empower a range of communities each with their own set of strengths and challenges.

Our mission to help foster sustainable urban growth has taken us to Sierra Leone, where our projects are well under way in its capital; Freetown.

Like many cities in the developing world, it has experienced major population increases in recent years.

Consisting of more than a million inhabitants, coupled with weak land-use planning and enforcement, Sierra Leone has suffered a series of collateral problems.

These include degradation of natural resources for building materials, urban sprawl and major deficiencies in public infrastructure; water supplies, drainage and waste disposal.

We have been developing a range of projects in Freetown that are aimed at building capacity within local communities and providing training opportunities to students.

By working with communities to map out their local area, we are helping people to cope with the impact of major infrastructure projects in a growing city whilst improving living conditions and fostering sustainable development.

Working closely with local stakeholders including NGOs, the University of Sierra Leone and Freetown City Council, we are working to provide skills, training and opportunities for communities to have a positive effect on the city.

Whilst the challenges are extensive, there is the promise of political will and cooperation between different stakeholders that can lead to effective partnerships and participatory processes.