Highlights

  • Voting maybe
    Project

    The Impact of Information on Voter Knowledge...

    Kelly Bidwell, Rachel Glennerster, Katherine E. Casey

    Evidence from India and Brazil suggests that increased information about politician performance can result in lower vote shares for low-performing or corrupt representatives. Using the 2012 elections in Sierra Leone, this paper looks at the impact of public screenings of debates between electoral candidates on voting outcome. In the run-up to the November 2012 elections in Sierra Leone, implementing partner Search for Common Ground filmed debates between rival candidates for membership in parliament. From a total of 264 polling centres, 112 were randomly assigned to receive...

  • Sierra Leone Community Development
    Project

    Community-driven development in post-conflict...

    Edward Miguel, Rachel Glennerster, Katherine E. Casey

    A significant analysis of the popular community driven development (CDD) programmes in post-war Sierra Leone has found that although CDD has positive impacts on enhancing the quality of local public goods and improved household economic welfare, it does not increase participation in local governance as previously believed. Despite the World Bank’s push for greater community participation in economic development, this experiment conducted by Katherine Casey (Brown University), Rachel Glennerster (MIT) and Edward Miguel (UC Berkeley) finds that CDD has no significant impact on long term...

  • Mining Trucks
    Blog Post

    Sustainable development and iron ore...

    Herbert M'cleod

    West Africa is being described as iron ore’s new frontier, with deposits that could lead the region to account for about 10% of the world’s supply. Indeed, if current plans materialise and world demand remains firm, the region will be exporting at least 500 million tons per annum in the next five to seven years, yielding considerable revenues to governments for development. The multiplier effects will go well beyond the US$1.5 billion from royalties plus other fiscal gains that such exports will yield for the region, and Sierra Leone is set to get a fair share of this windfall. In...