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  • 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

    Responding to COVID-19 in fragile states: The case of Sierra Leone

    Lessons from the Ebola outbreak supported a prompt response. A financing gap undermines efforts, requiring adaptive coordination among stakeholders. Sierra Leone was the last country in the Mano River Union (MRU) basin to record a positive case of the COVID-19 virus, on 31 March 2020. As of 12 May, the country now has 338 (cumulative) confirmed cases, 72 recoveries, and 19...

    27 May 2020 | Abou Bakarr Kamara

  • 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

  • Blog post

    What happens after the lockdown ends? Lessons from the 2015 Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone

    There have now been over 5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world, with the number of deaths moving towards 350,000. Policymakers in many countries have responded to the pandemic by implementing measures related to social distancing and a large share of humanity remains in some form of lockdown condition. As a consequence of the uncertainty caused by the...

    25 May 2020 | Imran Rasul, Markus Goldstein, Niklas Buehren, Oriana Bandiera, Andrea Smurra

  • 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

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Changing behaviour in Freetown: Human waste

    Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown discusses how the city is using both technology and incentives for citizens to change attitudes toward sanitation.

    26 Feb 2020

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Changing behaviour in Freetown: Property revenue

    Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown, discusses how the city is using geo-mapping tools to improve the collection of property rates revenue.

    25 Feb 2020

  • Blog post

    Reforming property tax valuation in Sierra Leone

    Across sub-Saharan Africa, ineffective property valuation presents a serious hurdle to strengthening local property taxes. Between January and August 2019, the International Growth Centre (IGC) co-piloted a simplified approach to property valuation in Freetown, Sierra Leone, that combines both surface area and easily-observable characteristics to arrive at an estimate of...

    21 Feb 2020 | Kevin Grieco, Julian Michel, Derek Holliday

  • Project

    Brighter communities, safer cities

    Security provision is a fundamental service of the state. Personal and property security are necessary conditions for attracting local and foreign investment to drive economic growth. In Sierra Leone - where police lack the resources, capacity, and political legitimacy to provide community-level security - state and civil society actors combine to provide community...

    6 Dec 2019 | Daniel Posner, Kevin Grieco

  • 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