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  • Publication - Project Report

    Election debates: Scoping for scale up

    2 May 2017 | Rachel Glennerster

  • Project

    Strengthening state capacity in health: Building demand for government services and accurate data on utilisation.

    Ebola deterred Sierra Leoneans from accessing healthcare and undermined citizens’ trust in government services. The number of children vaccinated with Pentavalent 3 declined by 17% (Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) Sierra Leone, UNICEF, 2015). The Government of Sierra Leone, together with development partners is heavily investing in strengthening health services...

    9 Jan 2017 | Anne Karing

  • Blog post

    You can pay me through my cell phone: Mobile money in Sierra Leone

    This past March, the International Growth Centre (IGC), in partnership with the Bank of Sierra Leone, held the ‘Sub-Regional Workshop on Mobile Money in West Africa’ to explore the challenges and opportunities facing West Africa as they seek to replicate successes from East and Southern Africa. In March 2016, the International Growth Centre (IGC) and the Bank of Sierra...

    4 Jan 2017 | Sarah Logan, Nadia Hasham

  • Project

    Opening the door to formalisation: Small-scale diamond mining and rural economic development in Sierra Leone

    Since their discovery in the 1930s, alluvial diamonds have made a significant contribution to the rural economy in resource-rich stretches of Sierra Leone. However, although the artisanal diamond mining sector has provided employment for hundreds of thousands of poor people, has generated valuable start-up capital for downstream industries and has helped to nourish...

    28 Nov 2016 | Roy Maconachie, Ainsley Butler, Gavin Hilson

  • Project

    Election debates in Sierra Leone: Scoping for scale-up

    During Sierra Leone’s 2012 parliamentary elections, an IGC study found that on a constituency level, publicly-screened debates between rival political candidates had a significant impact on voter knowledge and behaviour, and in turn the subsequent performance of elected MPs. Encouraged by these findings, this project sought to find the best ways to scale up debates...

    25 Nov 2016 | Rachel Glennerster, Laura Poswell

  • Project

    The realities of cross-border trade from Sierra Leone to other Mano River countries

    Informal Cross Border Trade (ICBT) has become a topical issue in Africa, and in particularly the Mano- River Union (MRU) due to its broader impact on the economies of these countries. This form of trade lowers the efficiency of measures put in place to ensure health, safety and environmental protection. Agricultural commodities which are often traded informally, for...

    8 Nov 2016 | Samuel Jibao, Isata Mahoi, James Fomba Sandy

  • 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

  • Project

    Lessons for developing countries from experience with TVET

    This paper examines the lessons learned from the experience in developing countries, particularly in Africa, in the design and implementation of strategies for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) with the aim to inform national policies in Sierra Leone. The paper endeavours to answer the set of questions posed in the Terms of Reference (ToR) above. This...

    13 May 2016 | Christian Kingombe

  • Project

    Improving the justice sector: Law and institution-building in Sierra Leone

    Efficient, fair, and low-cost legal systems can have a variety of positive effects. The legal system regulates personal actions and economic transactions, with the aim of resolving disputes, enforcing rules of conduct, providing certainty to economic actors and ‘justice’ to citizens. In providing quick and cheap resolution of welfare- and productivity-reducing disputes,...

    13 May 2016 | Simeon Koroma, Bilal Siddiqi, Momo Turay, Alaina Varvaloucas, Justin Sandefur

  • Event

    Sub-regional Workshop on Mobile Money in West Africa

    The mobile money financial services industry is now expanding rapidly in the West African sub-region after its phenomenal growth in East Africa. Experiences of East and Southern African countries confirm that mobile money presents a unique opportunity to encourage and enhance financial inclusion, formalise the informal sector and tap into the domestic savings in rural...

    14–16 March 2016