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 the effectiveness of different interventions on the population that is part of our sample – if able to coordinate with implementers and develop a sound identification strategy.

As part of the methodology the researchers are:

  1. Selecting respondents using stratified sampling to assure respondents are representative of the population, conducting heterogeneity analysis across the different strata of the population (e.g. wage workers VS business owner VS self-employed labour, as well as looking at age and gender aspects).
  2. Sampling respondents from participants of recently undertaken studies. We will sample 4,500 respondents from over 190 locations across Sierra Leone, and 2,000 people from the capital Freetown. This includes data compiled before shocks caused by COVID-19. This can help provide an accurate picture of the economic and social indicators before the crisis.
  3. Building a panel by interviewing respondents at regular intervals.

The set of indicators being collected have been identified as relevant for informing the government of Sierra Leone’s Quick Action Economic Response Programme (QAERP), and includes the availability and price of essential commodities such as rice, cassava, gari, bonga fish, and palm oil, as well as other commodities.

Data will be updated regularly and the team will produce weekly bulletins to share with key stakeholders. In addition, the researchers have also produced a dashboard where we will be uploading de-identified data that people can use open access.

The survey in its pilot phase. The researchers welcome feedback on the survey and discussions on potential partnerships. The dashboard can be found here.

Outputs


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  • External

    Sierra Leone COVID-19 dashboard

    This project output is hosted on an external website.

  • 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

  • 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


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  • External

    COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and hesitancy (Nature Medicine Journal)

    This project output is hosted on an external website.

  • 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