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  • Project

    The socio-economic impacts of natural resource concessions in Liberia

    Evidence from Liberia suggests that requiring foreign investors to provide public goods in the areas where their investments are physically sited can better spur local economic growth. Researchers concluded this by matching data on individual concessions granted to investors by the Liberian government with night-time light growth data, collected via satellite. The...

    26 Jan 2017 | Bradley Parks, Daniel Runfola, Jonas Bunte, Kanio Bai Gbala

  • Blog post

    Parceling out prosperity? Tracking and evaluating the impacts of natural resource concessions in Liberia

    How concerned would you be if a third of your country's land was granted to foreign investors? Liberia has pinned its hopes for economic development on foreign direct investment, granting somewhere between 21% and 38% of the country's land to investors, or concessionaires, in the agriculture, forestry and mining sectors. However, a 2011 survey of nearly 1500 rural and...

    19 Jan 2017 | Bradley Parks

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Building trust in a reformed security sector: A field experiment in Liberia (Policy brief)

    12 Aug 2016 | Robert Blair, Sabrina Karim, Benjamin Morse

  • Event

    Addressing election violence in Liberia

    The IGC co-hosted a one-day event in Monrovia with the Liberia National Police on 30 July 30, 2016 to brainstorm and diagnose causes of election violence in Liberia in the run-up to the October 2017 national elections. More specifically, the workshop discussed who perpetrates election violence, why, their incentives, propagation, command structures, and mechanisms. The...

    30 July 2016

  • Publication - Policy note

    Addressing election violence in Liberia

    1 Aug 2016 | Sarah Logan

  • Project

    Search frictions and firm and market growth in Liberia

    Introduction The goal of the study is to understand information frictions between large buyers and their potential suppliers in Liberia. While a lot of tenders are published, it appears that some suppliers have an “information deficit” – e.g., that they lack knowledge about how to apply to tenders or believe that it is not possible for them to win tenders – that...

    6 Jul 2016 | Jonas Hjort

  • Project

    The role of intra-national trade costs in market integration: Evidence from Liberia

    Understanding trade barriers is key to find efficient policies that promote growth. In West Africa, land transport prices are among the highest in the world, and many markets are still isolated. In those markets, high transport prices result in high commodity prices, and few possibilities for producers to access bigger markets, which impede growth. The goal of this project...

    19 May 2016 | Golvine de Rochambeau, Jonas Hjort

  • Blog post

    Cashless economics: The new wave of mobile money

    2017 marks the 10 year anniversary of M-PESA, the digital wallet that transformed financial inclusion and banking starting first in Kenya spreading through much of East Africa. In March of this year, the IGC held a ‘Sub-Regional Workshop on Mobile Money in West Africa’ to explore the challenges and opportunities facing West Africa, as they seek to replicate...

    17 May 2016 | Upaasna Kaul

  • Event

    Sub-regional Workshop on Mobile Money in West Africa

    The mobile money financial services industry is now expanding rapidly in the West African sub-region after its phenomenal growth in East Africa. Experiences of East and Southern African countries confirm that mobile money presents a unique opportunity to encourage and enhance financial inclusion, formalise the informal sector and tap into the domestic savings in rural...

    14–16 March 2016

  • 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