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  • Event

    Ebola in Focus: Rapid Response Roundtable

    In light of the recent and continuing outbreak of Ebola in West Africa the University of Edinburgh's Global Development Academy hosted a Rapid Response Roundtable on Ebola. Organised around the intersecting themes of biology, economy and culture, the panel featured a virologist, a social anthropologist, two health advisors, and Rachel Glennerster (IGC Lead Academic for...

    10 November 2014

  • Blog post

    How to plan for a post-Ebola West Africa

    The immediate need is to control the spread of the virus, but planning can and should be done to rebuild a post-Ebola West Africa

    7 Nov 2014 | Rachel Glennerster

  • Project

    Pilot program on decentralization in Sierra Leone

    Local councils were reintroduced into Sierra Leone in 2004 and were given the responsibility for local development and supervision of local public services. There is considerable debate in Sierra Leone and other countries about the extent to which development funds should be decentralized to councils as well as what role, if any, Members of Parliament should take in...

    29 Oct 2014 | Katherine E. Casey, Rachel Glennerster, Ambrose James, Gianmarco León

  • Project

    The economic implications of Ebola on markets, traders and food security

    Rachel Glennerster and Tavneet Suri have analysed the impact of the Ebola crisis on the functioning of agricultural markets in Sierra Leone. Several rounds of phone call-based market surveys have aimed to understand how commodity prices are shifting across different regions and how trading has been affected. The researchers partnered with Innovations for Poverty Action to...

    28 Oct 2014 | Rachel Glennerster, Tavneet Suri

  • News Item

    The Economic Impact of Ebola - October 2014 Report

    Uncertainty about the exchange rate, restrictions on shipping routes, reduced activity by informal traders fearing infection from Ebola and the cordon imposed around Kenema and Kailahun has the potential to interrupt the trade of basic commodities across the country. We therefore collected data on food availability, prices, and number of traders in 153 markets throughout...

    22 Oct 2014

  • Event

    Africa: New Opportunities, Old Impediments

    The 2014 Harold Wincott memorial lecture was given by Professor Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford, on Wednesday 8th October 2014 at Local Government House, London SW1. The title of his lecture was: "Africa: New Opportunities, Old Impediments".

    8 October 2014

  • Publication - Project Report

    The Economic Impact of Ebola (October 2014 Report)

    16 Oct 2014 | Rachel Glennerster, Tavneet Suri

  • Project

    The Growth Impacts of Diamond Mining in Sierra Leone

    As other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Sierra Leone is currently experiencing a “mining boom” that is will likely impact the country’s growth prospects in the near future, as major investments are made into the exploitation of recently found mineral fields (bauxite, iron ore). Unlike most countries on the continent, however, Sierra Leone has a long history of...

    10 Oct 2014 | Tavneet Suri, Benjamin Marx

  • Project

    Optimal Vertical Control in Agricultural Trade

    Sierra Leone’s cocoa is of poor quality and receives poor prices in international markets. Farmers and traders at the top of the supply chain must invest in drying, fermenting and storage before exporters can obtain the amount of good quality cocoa they need to win a higher price. Market participants could fail to make these investments for two reasons: (1) the market...

    10 Oct 2014 | Tristan Reed, Lorenzo Casaburi