Niccoló Meriggi

Niccoló Meriggi is the Country Economist for IGC Sierra Leone.

 

Content by Niccoló Meriggi
  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Improving access to renewable energy in rural Sierra Leone

    Download the policy brief here. In Sierra Leone, only about 5% of the population in rural areas have access to electricity. The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is supporting the Government of Sierra Leone to increase access to electricity through the Rural Renewable Energy Project (RREP) with funding from the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and...

    30 Jun 2022 | Madison Levine, Niccoló Meriggi, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Vasudha Ramakrishna, Lennart Sattlegger, Maarten Voors, Ariful Islam, Sellu Kallon, Julia Liborio

  • Publication - Project Report

    Rural Renewable Energy Project in Sierra Leone: Impact evaluation report

    The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is supporting the Government of Sierra Leone’s (GoSL) goal of universal access to electricity by implementing the USD40+ million Rural Renewable Energy Project (RREP). RREP – funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)1 – is an ambitious electrification project that aims to provide access to...

    30 Jun 2022 | Madison Levine, Niccoló Meriggi, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Vasudha Ramakrishna, Lennart Sattlegger, Maarten Voors, Ariful Islam, Sellu Kallon

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Subsidies for technology adoption: Evidence from rural Cameroon

    This research examines how a short-term subsidy for a new solar lamp affects uptake, usage, and future demand for the product in rural Cameroon. The findings suggest that subsidies stimulate uptake of the solar lamps and do not adversely affect subsequent use of the lamps. If subsidies decrease future willingness-to-pay for lamps, this effect is outweighed by...

    17 Feb 2022 | Niccoló Meriggi, Erwin Bulte, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Julia Liborio

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Does energy access increase resilience against COVID-19?

    This working paper is based on research co-financed by IGC and Energy Economic Growth (EEG) in Sierra Leone and led by the Wageningen University in the Netherlands. The research compares 54 communities that received solar PV powered mini grids under a FCDO / UNOPS programme with 54 similar communities without mini-grids. The aim was to assess the economic impact of the...

    10 Feb 2022 | Laura Langbeen, Joseph Levine, Madison Levine, Niccoló Meriggi, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Vasudha Ramakrishna, Lennart Sattlegger, Maarten Voors

  • Publication - Project Report

    Electrifying growth in Sierra Leone: Energy access for productive use

    10 Mar 2021 | Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Kevin Grieco, Alex Gilchrist, Niccoló Meriggi, Maarten Voors

  • Project

    Electrifying growth in Sierra Leone: Energy access for productive use

    In Sierra Leone, just 26% of the total population and only 5% of the rural population have access to electricity (World Bank, 2020). Without electricity, 83% of rural households cook mainly using wood, resulting in deforestation, and health centres and schools not functioning effectively and efficiently. Researchers are working with the United Nations Office for...

    10 Mar 2021 | Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Niccoló Meriggi, Maarten Voors, Alex Gilchrist

  • Blog post

    How is COVID-19 affecting gender inequality in low-income countries? Insights from Sierra Leone

    Gender disparities in social and economic outcomes, already larger in the developing world than in the rich countries, have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Policy action is vital to address the compounding of existing inequalities and to protect the most vulnerable women. Editor’s note: This article is part of our International Women’s Day series. COVID-19 has...

    8 Mar 2021 | Madison Levine, Niccoló Meriggi, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Vasudha Ramakrishna, Maarten Voors

  • Blog post

    Sierra Leone locked down early to contain COVID-19, but at a high price

    Sierra Leone locked down early and appears to have COVID-19 under control. But the country has paid a very high economic price, with the vast majority of people missing meals or eating less. Researchers warn that if the virus begins to spread again, these sacrifices may be hard to justify and replicate. In the fight against COVID-19, we are in the same storm but in...

    2 Nov 2020 | Julio S. Solís Arce, Macartan Humphreys, Niccoló Meriggi, Maarten Voors, Emilie Yam

  • 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

    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