Sierra Leone has failed to meet the benchmarks for the Millennium Challenge Cooperation [MCC], hence causing the West African country to miss out on vital funding, which has now been deferred. The MCC sets specific standards for qualification of any country for funding. Among the benchmarks, Sierra Leone passed those of inflation, regulatory quality, trade policy, access to credit and business start-up, girls’ primary education completion rate, political rights, civil liberties, freedom of information and the rule of law.

On the flip side, the country failed on fiscal policy, land rights and access, health and primary education and expenditures, natural resources protection, immunization rates and child health. The issue of government ineffectiveness was also counted among the failings of the Sierra Leonean government