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Access to Finance Assessment in Sierra Leone

Connexus was contracted by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to conduct a study of access to finance and technical assistance for last mile electrification in Sierra Leone. Along with our subcontractor Tetra Tech, Connexus will study how the increased availability and reliability of electricity can be a platform for economic growth in the agricultural sector, with a specific focus on agro-processing. This research will inform ongoing discussions between the MCC and the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) to develop a compact to leverage access to electricity for post-harvest value-addition.

The goal of this study is to examine the financial environment and assess opportunities and constraints to improving access to finance in agriculture, as well as identifying appropriate financial instruments to increase productive use of electricity. The study will also evaluate the knowledge, skills, and ability of agricultural value chain actors to access financial, technical assistance, and training resources that are critical to leveraging productive power infrastructure. Finally, the study will assess opportunities and recommend interventions (both financial and technical) to overcome barriers to post-harvest value-addition that are inclusive of women and youth.

Millennium Challenge Corporation