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How can we bridge the gap between knowledge and policy? The Institute for Governance Reform is a research and advocacy think tank based in Freetown, Sierra Leone. We believe that weak public oversight of resource allocation and budget management is one of the underlying causes of poverty, inequality, and tension in Sierra Leone. We support public and private institutions to respond to economic development challenges, poverty, and state effectiveness.
 
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This week we sit down with IGR’s Executive Director, Andrew Lavali, to discuss the second iteration of the Citizen’s Manifesto (CM). The CM was first introduced in 2018 as a way to identify citizen policy priorities and the desires of citizens that should be taken on board by political parties. Now in 2023, the CM is back, but this new iteration no…
 
IGR speaks with Executive Director, Ibrahim Tommy, of the Center for Accountability and Rule of Law (CARL) on the often overlooked issue of electoral justice and its relationship to elections and democracy. Mr. Tommy unpacks the complex nature of electoral justice and how it transcends both formal and informal aspects of electoral politics to demon…
 
IGR speaks with its Executive Director, Andrew Lavali, on Proportional Representation and its tendency to lead to violence. By looking at the evidence and trend lines on PR, will PR help mitigate the issues that often lead to violence in Sierra Leone? Or will PR accentuate these issues and lead to a new round of election-related violence in 2023? F…
 
IGR speaks to its own Research & Policy Director on the recent adoption of the 30% law in light of the switch to proportional representation (PR). What does this 30% law mean for women in light of the recent PR switch for the upcoming elections? Can women achieve 30% in light of the new legislation, and what are the challenges and obstacles women s…
 
This week IGR speaks with Raymond George, Director of Media & Communications, of the National Electoral Commission (NEC). In this episode we discuss the electoral process and the government’s recent decision to utilize Proportional Representation (PR) in the upcoming election. In particular, we highlight IGR’s recent Knowledge, Attitudes and Practi…
 
IGR speaks to the National Coordinator of National Elections Watch (NEW) on the recent switch from a First-Past-The-Post to Proportional Representation system in Sierra Leone. What does this mean for the upcoming elections? Follow us on: http://igrsl.org Facebook: Institute for Governance Reform Twitter: @GovernanceFor For comments, please email us…
 
As many of you probably already know, there are several African countries that are holding national elections this 2023 (such as SL, Liberia, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Gabon and also South Sudan). Bridging Knowledge and Policy will produce a brief weekly elections-series podcast that will cover substantive topics that will focus …
 
In this episode we speak with Paul Jibateh to look at the ongoing challenges of hate speech in Sierra Leone and the role it plays in undermining social cohesion. Paul helps us to better understand the role that the media plays and its ongoing role in disseminating hate speech. Follow us on: http://igrsl.org Facebook: Institute for Governance Reform…
 
In this episode, we speak with Kelfala Kallon, the Bank Governor of Sierra Leone about the current state of inflation and its impact on Sierra Leone’s economy. But what can one say are the causes of the unstable rate of inflation in the country and what can be done about it? Follow us on: http://igrsl.org Facebook: Institute for Governance Reform T…
 
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