Sierra Leone

IGC Sierra Leone partners with policymakers and other stakeholders to conduct frontier research in areas of importance to the government and its partners. Our research has been conducted in trade, governance, access to energy, and agricultural firms and will also focus on areas including tax policy, coordinating state agencies, and small-scale mining and green growth.


Since the end of a ten-year conflict in 2002, Sierra Leone has experienced wide fluctuations in GDP, a negative trade balance, and fiscal deficit. Since 2008, The IGC Sierra Leone country programme has worked with local and national government to work on trade, governance, and growth in important sectors such as agriculture, energy, and mining. Projects include collaborating on strategy for accessing the US market through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), collating research on the economic impacts of Ebola, and supporting Freetown City Council to increase own-source revenues through reforms to property tax and business licensing. Going forward, the IGC aims to continue to work on areas including tax policy, coordinating state agencies, agricultural firm productivity, energy access, small-scale mining and their interactions with the environment.

The country office has a close working relationship with the Ministries of: Finance; Planning and Economic Development; Energy; Agriculture and Forestry, as well as Trade and Industry, Freetown City Council, Kenema City Council, Kono District Council, and several government departments and agencies. In these relationships, the IGC has responded to research demands by engaging international experts and researchers to produce cutting-edge policy research.


37 Lightfoot Boston Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone

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