Showing all Projects in Sierra Leone

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    Preferences or possibility? Understanding the labour supply decision in an LIC context

    The number of high-skilled workers in developing countries has been on the rise in recent years as spending on tertiary education expands, yet labour markets have not been able to create jobs to keep up with new skilled workers entering the labour market. The result has been a combination of underemployment and unemployment. Despite this pressing issue, we are not fully...

    12 Oct 2017 | Jamelia Harris

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

    In recent years, the economic importance and formalisation of artisanal gold mining has taken centre stage in policy discussions on rural economic development in West Africa.  Research has shown that despite being associated with a host of environmental, health and safety and social concerns, the sector provides a livelihood for hundreds of thousands of poor people in the...

    12 Oct 2017 | Roy Maconachie, Gavin Hilson

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    Can increased transparency and collective redress improve investor accountability and spur local development? Experimental evidence from Sierra Leone

    Foreign investments in the developing world’s agriculture and mining sectors have increased dramatically. In Africa alone, such investments amount to an area the size of Europe, and in some countries foreign firms own more than 30% of all arable land. Some argue that foreign direct investment (FDI) is a promising development strategy. Others, however, argue that, in the...

    27 Jul 2017 | Bilal Siddiqi, Darin Christensen, James Fearon, Peter van der Windt

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    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

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    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

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    Election debates: Scoping for scale-up

    Political debates are considered a key part of campaign outreach in many contemporary democracies. Debates can reveal information about the relative quality of candidates and their policy positions. By creating a public record of pre-election commitments, they may enhance the subsequent accountability of elected officials. In Sierra Leone, civic education and citizen...

    25 Nov 2016 | Rachel Glennerster, Laura Poswell

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Roads to trade: The welfare effects of connecting mines versus cities

    Should African countries build more transport infrastructure to export natural resources to overseas markets, or should they focus on improving internal and regional connectivity between cities? This is an important question, with no easy answer. On the one hand, Africa has a comparative advantage in primary commodities, and the first strategy may best serve her trade....

    16 Dec 2015 | Steven Poelhekke, Roberto Bonfatti