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  • 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

  • Project

    Chiefdom Land Committees and reducing insecurity over land tenure in rural Sierra Leone

    What has been the effect of Chiefdom Land Committees at providing access to more secure land tenure for the rural poor, and at preventing and resolving disputes over land? The 2004 political decentralisation process made provision for an elected local council member to be a member of the chiefdom land committees, which hitherto, had been dominated by people handpicked by...

    21 Nov 2019 | Henry Musa Kpaka

  • Event

    Artisanal and small scale mining sector: Challenges and opportunities

    The International Growth Centre (IGC) is hosting a regional event on the challenges and opportunities for the artisanal and small scale mining sector at 8:30am on Tuesday, 24th September 2019 at the Sierra Lighthouse, Hotel, Aberdeen, Freetown, Sierra Leone . Artisanal and Small-scale mining continues to provide jobs and livelihood support to millions of people in many...

    24 September 2019

  • Blog post

    What can we learn from the market for skilled workers in Sierra Leone?

    Many developing countries focus on education to produce a productive workforce. Human capital models in economics support this. But what we can learn from the Sierra Leonean context is that a push for education and skills development is just one component on the supply side. Most of the world’s population, and therefore labour force, live in developing countries. Yet...

    20 Jun 2019 | Jamelia Harris

  • 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

  • Data Item

    Data: Clientelism and state capacity: persistence and change in Sierra Leone and Colombia

    We use the colonial organization of chieftaincy in Sierra Leone to study the e↵ect of constraints on chiefs’ power on economic outcomes, citizens’ attitudes and social capital. A paramount chief must come from one of the ruling families originally recognized by British colonial authorities. Chiefs face fewer constraints and less political competition in chiefdoms with...

    1 Mar 2019

  • Event

    National AGOA Response Strategy Launch & Forum on Trade and Private Sector

    The Sierra Leone Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) in collaboration with the IGC are launching the National African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Response Strategy at an event on Tuesday, 12th February 2019 at the Golden Tulip (formerly Kimbima) Hotel, Aberdeen, starting at 8:30 am. Hon. Peter B. Konteh, Minister of Trade and Industry, will launch the AGOA...

    12 February 2019

  • Case Study: State

    Election debates to increase political accountability

    Our research has found that giving voters access to information can significantly improve their knowledge and increase democratic participation.

    15 Jan 2019

  • Project

    Developing Sierra Leone's AGOA response strategy

    Sierra Leone has so far not taken full advantage of the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), a piece of US trade legislation that gives countries in sub-Saharan Africa preferential access to some US export markets. The IGC was identified as a partner to address this issue, and was tasked with developing a national response strategy to exploit the opportunities...

    11 Jan 2019 | Philip English