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  • Blog post

    Herbert M’cleod: The man behind the scenes, striving for peace

    IGC Sierra Leone and Liberia Country Director Herbert M’cleod passed away on 19 May 2022. Professor Rachel Glennerster, Lead Academic in the IGC Sierra Leone programme until 2017, when she was appointed Chief Economist at the UK Department for International Development (now FCDO), pens a tribute to her long-time friend and mentor. Sierra Leone, the African continent, and...

    24 May 2022 | Rachel Glennerster

  • News Item

    Remembering Herbert M’cleod

    We are deeply sad to announce the passing of IGC Sierra Leone and Liberia Country Director Herbert M’cleod on 19 May 2022. Herbert played a leading role in developing the International Growth Centre (IGC) programme in Sierra Leone, and later our combined programme in Sierra Leone and Liberia, and served as an IGC advisor on state fragility and natural resource...

    23 May 2022

  • Blog post

    Gender and public service provision: Evidence from Sierra Leone

    A field experiment in Freetown, Sierra Leone, shows how a concentration of wealth in favour of men could lead to the provision of public goods preferred by men. This implies that wealth disparity between men and women can have gendered spillover effects for political participation and the demand for public services.   In 2020, women made up 50% of the population in...

    29 Mar 2022 | Laura Montenbruck

  • 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

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Financial incentive schemes in public health: Evidence from Sierra Leone

    This brief explores findings from a field study of a community health programme in Sierra Leone seeking to understand how financial incentives can impact public service and public health outcomes.  Sharing incentives equally between Community Health Workers (CHW) and their supervisors generates an increase in household health visits that is 61% larger than the...

    30 Nov 2021 | Erika Deserranno, Stefano Caria, Philipp Kastrau, Gianmarco León, Julia Liborio

  • Project

    Improving tax compliance in Freetown, Sierra Leone

    A pre-condition for sustained public service provision is the mobilisation of reliable tax revenues to pay for these public services, often referred to as fiscal capacity. There is extensive literature examining tax mobilisation and compliance in developed countries, where fiscal capacity is already high due to pre-existing norms around compliance. However, it has little to...

    4 Aug 2021 | Wilson Prichard

  • Event

    Sustainable futures: A conversation with Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr and Matthieu Teachout

    How can we promote a sustainable approach to growth that leaves no one behind? In the first video of our #SustainableGrowth interview series, Abou Bakarr Kamara (Country Economist for IGC Sierra Leone and Liberia) is joined by Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr (Mayor of the city of Freetown in Sierra Leone) and Matthieu Teachout (IGC Director of Policy and Research) in a conversation...

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Using network theory to promote adoption of new agricultural technologies in Sierra Leone

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) in Sierra Leone has identified livestock production as the second most important activity in their 5-year strategic plan and recognizes the central importance of maize as a feed crop for livestock. This policy brief suggests that to reap the desired benefits from any policy intervention, a value chain approach to...

    28 Jun 2021 | Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Effective monitoring to improve the quality of teaching and learning in Freetown

    Effective monitoring of schools is essential to ensure schools are safe environments for children and are delivering a minimum standard of education. Freetown City Council (FCC) has no school monitoring system in place; schools are not routinely supervised which is resulting in a lack of necessary oversight and accountability. The aim of this project is to collect...

    10 Jun 2021 | David Frank Johnson

  • Project

    Compliance, accountability, and the social contract: Studying the impacts of property tax reform in Sierra Leone

    Since the 1980s, growing interest in the potential benefits of decentralisation in the developing world reflect the potential to increase the efficiency and accountability of government operations. Yet, while there has been much attention to the potential benefits of decentralisation, results in practice have been much more mixed. A largely overlooked explanation is that...

    20 May 2021 | Wilson Prichard