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  • Project

    Yes to peace: Preventing election violence in Liberia

    In 2017, Liberia will be conducting its third general election after its civil conflict. Liberia is among a handful of African countries that could experience election violence during elections this year.  In fact, security officials speculate that electoral violence in the forthcoming general elections is perhaps of a greater likelihood than at any time since 2005 given...

    25 May 2017 | Sabrina Karim

  • Blog post

    What are development corridor strategies, and do they work?

    Across large swaths of the developing world, a new trend is taking hold: governments are targeting public and private investments in specific geographic areas in the hopes of creating spatial “development corridors.” These strategies are guided by the belief that concentrating and co-locating infrastructure investments in specific locations can create clusters of...

    24 Feb 2017 | Bradley Parks

  • 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