Since 2002 Sierra Leone has been slowly emerging from the devastation caused by its civil war. However, the country ranks near the bottom of most global indices. According to available data, it appears that the current status quo will continue in the short-term. Moderate gains have been made in terms of government reforms. However, attempts to implement these reforms in all sectors of society will likely be slowed by endemic corruption. Even with the ongoing support of foreign governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations, it will be several years until the government is able to build a semblance of capacity and provide its citizens with the most basic services. Human development levels will likely remain very low, without great likelihood of worsening in the near future. On a positive note, Sierra Leone’s economy will likely recover to pre-economic crisis levels over the next several years.