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    The Economic Impact of Ebola – November 2014 Report

    The recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has generated global alarm, but while the policy response has, so far, rightly focused on the public health challenge, attention is now turning to the economic consequences which may add further to the damage caused by the disease itself. The Government of Sierra Leone and its development partners must have valid, credible data and analysis to ensure that their policy responses are evidence-based and that corrective actions are effective and well targeted. The International Growth Centre (IGC), as part of its mission to bring world-leading...

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    The economic implications of Ebola

    Rachel Glennerster, Eric Werker, Tavneet Suri, Herbert M'cleod

    In brief: The outbreak of Ebola has highlighted the need for economists to assess the impact of the crisis Three surveys are being undertaken in Sierra Leone and Liberia to understand the economic impact of the Ebola crisis on food prices, households and firms Findings will be presented to government stakeholders and other donor organisations The recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has generated much speculation about the likely impact of the outbreak and the measures taken to control it on growth and the appropriate policy response. However, hard data is difficult to come...

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    How to plan for a post-Ebola West Africa

    Rachel Glennerster

    The immediate need is to control the spread of the virus, but planning can and should be done to rebuild a post-Ebola West Africa

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    Call for Proposals (Ebola)

    The International Growth Centre (IGC) is issuing a call for proposals for research and design on the economics of the Ebola outbreak, under the IGC’s Liberia and Sierra Leone Country Programmes. Early analysis indicates that the economic costs of the epidemic will be significant, and the economic aspects of the crisis—including panic, a loss in confidence, a reduction in market interactions, a breakdown in formal systems and institutions, reduced supply of essential goods, and potentially increased prices—will require economic logic and research. We invite expressions of interest...

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    Pilot program on decentralization in Sierra Leone

    Katherine E. Casey, Rachel Glennerster

    Local councils were reintroduced into Sierra Leone in 2004 and were given the responsibility for local development and supervision of local public services. There is considerable debate in Sierra Leone and other countries about the extent to which development funds should be decentralized to councils as well as what role, if any, Members of Parliament should take in development. The current roles and responsibilities of MPs focus many on legislation and oversight of the executive with little emphasis on development. However, MPs have lobbied for a more direct development role including...

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    Promoting the Adoption of New Rice Varieties

    Rachel Glennerster, Tavneet Suri

    Over the past decades, agricultural productivity has stagnated in much of sub-Saharan Africa while many other regions have seen dramatic productivity improvements. As a result, many African countries do not produce enough staple food to meet their growing consumption needs. Sierra Leone, a net exporter of rice in the 1960s, must now import a third of its total consumption at a high cost. Low rice production is a threat to food security for vulnerable groups, particularly the rural poor who grow rice as their primary staple diet. New agricultural technologies such as high-yield crop...