Do you fall within the Sierra
Leone Middle Class? Good question. How would you know if you did? The definitions are very broad, very wide
ranging. In a detailed research we will be defining the Sierra Leonean Middle
Class and trying to get some insights into how they influence the economy, the
society and the politics.
In general, the middle class is
the socio economic class between the working class and the upper class, unusually
including professional, highly skilled laborer, lower and middle management and
white collar professionals. The UN
defines this group simply as persons who live on $2 (Two) or more US dollars a
day. This would equals a minimum of
about Le10,000 Leones a day, Le311,000 a month or about 3,760,000 per year. Of course the bracket is very wide, and some
middle class persons earn up to Le18,000,000 a month and spend in the region of
540,000 a day on average.
The characteristics of the middle
class transcend income. This group has
mostly professionals and semi-professionals, skilled craftsmen, highly educated
managers and lower level management. The
have a comfortable standard of living, for the most part and some economic
security, considerable work autonomy and they can rely on their expertise to
sustain themselves. This group is
constantly conceptualizing, creating and consulting. A university or college education is a characteristic
of this group, but many middle classers have much less education.
In addition to their educational
level, middle class persons tend to emphasize independence and respect
non-conformity. They are politically
more active than other groups, including the upper class. For this reason, they are very influential
and majority of voters fall within this group.
As can be expected, many influencers, writers, journalists and editorsfall
within this group. Most
society trends also originate from the middle class, many of which tend to be
local enterpreneurs or white collar professionals in stable secure, well paid
this class includes a ‘floating’ class, who regularly are in danger of falling
into poverty as a result of economic, political and demographic shocks.
is the profile of the Sierra Leone middle class?
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participants will receive a detailed report showing the trends and characteristics
of the Sierra Leone Middle Class.