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  • 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

  • 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

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Mapping informal and financial flows in the artisanal mining sector: The cases of Sierra Leone and Liberia

    Despite being associated with a host of environmental, health and safety and social concerns, the artisanal gold mining sectors in Sierra Leone and Liberia provide essential livelihood support for poor people by supplying valuable start-up capital for other economic activities. This research informs evolving efforts to formalise artisanal gold mining in the Mano...

    21 Oct 2019 | Roy Maconachie, Gavin Hilson

  • 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