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Chiefdoms of Sierra Leone

This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Sierra Leone

The Chiefdoms of Sierra Leone are the third-level units of administration in Sierra Leone.


  • History and organisation 1
  • Eastern Province 2
    • Kailahun District 2.1
    • Kenema District 2.2
    • Kono District 2.3
  • Northern Province 3
    • Bombali District 3.1
    • Kambia District 3.2
    • Koinadugu District 3.3
    • Port Loko District 3.4
    • Tonkolili District 3.5
  • Southern Province 4
    • Bo District 4.1
    • Bonthe District 4.2
    • Moyamba District 4.3
    • Pujehun District 4.4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History and organisation


  • Sierra

External links

  1. ^ a b The Chiefdoms of Sierra LeoneTristan Reed and James A. Robinson, , Scholar, Harvard University, 15 July 2013, Document available online, accessed 30 April 2014
  2. ^ a b c Daron Acemoglu, Tristan Reed. and James A. Robinson. "Chiefs: Economic Development and Elite Control of Civil Society in Sierra Leone", Stanford University, 29 August 2013, accessed 30 April 2014
  3. ^ Acemoglu et al. (2013), "Chiefs: Economic Development", p. 4


See also

Southern Province

Northern Province

Eastern Province

The districts of Sierra Leone are divided into 149 chiefdoms of chieftaincies, as listed below as of 2011.[1]

Some chieftaincies have several ruling families, and the differences among them in terms of economic progress has been subject to study in 2013.[2] They found there was a positive relationship between the number of ruling families in a chieftaincy and educational, health and economic outcomes in terms of human capital.[3]

The hereditary paramount chiefs and their sub-chiefs were the sole local government in Sierra Leone until 2004, when the World Bank sponsored the creation of elected local councils. Local notables, known as the Tribal Authority, elect paramount chiefs for life from among the ruling families in each chieftaincy recognized by the British administration in 1896.[2]

[2] Typically, chiefs have the power to "raise taxes, control the judicial system, and allocate land, the most important resource in rural areas."[1]

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