Two women pan for gold in a river. Artisanal gold mining is a significant source of income for many Sierra Leoneans living near areas with rich gold deposits. Through 2017, AfDB will be helping Sierra Leone manage revenues from mineral resources more efficiently. Photo by: Felicity Thompson / AfDB
Sierra Leone has come a long way since its 11-year civil war ended in 2002. The country has held three successful democratic elections since, and the peace and security situation has improved significantly. Freetown has likewise been instrumental to U.N. peacekeeping efforts, providing police and military personnel in conflict-affected countries.