Abou Bakarr Kamara

Abou Bakarr Kamara is an IGC Country Economist, working in the IGC Sierra Leone programme.

Content by Abou Bakarr Kamara
  • Publication - Project Report

    Promoting trade and investment in Sierra Leone

    This report seeks to review and analyse some of the issues related to Sierra Leone's economy with a view to promoting trade and inclusive growth.

    20 May 2021 | Philip English, Abou Bakarr Kamara, Herbert M'cleod, Wilbourne Showers

  • Project

    Fragility and instability in Liberia: Understanding the root causes and potential implications

    Following the end of the civil war in 2003, the Liberian government focused on rebuilding state institutions, provision of basic services and infrastructure, ensuring good governance and rule of law, and reviving the economy among others. The economy had grown to 8.7% before it plummeted to 0.7% in 2014 due to the twin shocks of the fall in commodity prices and the...

    19 May 2021 | Brian Ganson, Abou Bakarr Kamara

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Tracking the economic consequences of COVID-19

    2 Jul 2020 | Niccoló Meriggi, Macartan Humphreys, Abou Bakarr Kamara, Matthew Krupoff , Madison Levine, Herbert M'cleod, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Wilson Prichard, Ashwini Shridhar, Peter van der Windt, Maarten Voors

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Tracking the economic consequences and responses to COVID-19 in Sierra Leone

    29 May 2020 | Niccoló Meriggi, Abou Bakarr Kamara, Macartan Humphreys, Herbert M'cleod, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Wilson Prichard, Peter van der Windt, Maarten Voors, Matthew Krupoff , Madison Levine, Ashwini Shridhar

  • Blog post

    Responding to COVID-19 in fragile states: The case of Sierra Leone

    Lessons from the Ebola outbreak supported a prompt response. A financing gap undermines efforts, requiring adaptive coordination among stakeholders. Sierra Leone was the last country in the Mano River Union (MRU) basin to record a positive case of the COVID-19 virus, on 31 March 2020. As of 12 May, the country now has 338 (cumulative) confirmed cases, 72 recoveries, and 19...

    27 May 2020 | Abou Bakarr Kamara

  • Blog post

    Freetown just implemented a new tax system that could quintuple revenue

    In the next few weeks, residents of Freetown are expecting to receive new property tax bills as part of a revamped and more progressive system. Approved as Sierra Leone was entering lockdown in mid-April, the revised arrangement places a greater onus on the richest and could increase the capital’s tax revenue five-fold. The new system has been in the works since Yvonne...

    26 May 2020 | Wilson Prichard, Abou Bakarr Kamara, Niccoló Meriggi

  • Project

    Tracking the economic consequences and response to COVID-19 in Sierra Leone

    This project implements a phone survey to capture the economic impact of COVID-19 and policy responses in Sierra Leone. The objectives of the survey are: To get a quick assessment of the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 crisis in Sierra Leone. To track the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 crisis over the next 6 months To possibly evaluate...

    13 May 2020 | Macartan Humphreys, Wilson Prichard, Maarten Voors, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Peter van der Windt, Abou Bakarr Kamara, Niccoló Meriggi

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Simplifying property tax administration in Africa: Piloting a points-based valuation in Freetown, Sierra Leone

    The current method of property valuation in Freetown, Sierra Leone is highly inaccurate and generally regressive, as it does not take subjective property characteristics that are major determinants of value into account. The newly elected Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr made revenue mobilisation a central pillar of her ‘Transform Freetown’ agenda. As a means of...

    26 Nov 2019 | Kevin Grieco, Abou Bakarr Kamara, Niccoló Meriggi, Julian Michel, Wilson Prichard, Graeme Stewart-Wilson

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Working with political parties to strengthen candidate selection processes in Sierra Leone

    In much of the world, political party leaders select candidates to run in the general election with little direct input from voters. This raises questions about representation and accountability: if given a say, would voters have chosen different candidates? Are selected candidates accountable to the voters they represent or the party leaders that select them? ...

    29 Mar 2019 | Katherine E. Casey, Abou Bakarr Kamara, Niccoló Meriggi

  • Blog post

    Cross border trading: Sierra Leone and her neighbours

    Despite efforts to promote inter-African trade, significant barriers to cross border trade remain throughout much of the continent. Persistent and cumbersome trade barriers drive trade into informality. Official statistics fail to fully capture cross border trading estimates, which contributes to lower levels of tax collection and enforcement of regulations. In Sierra...

    24 Feb 2016 | Abou Bakarr Kamara