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The Political Economy of Property Tax Reform in Freetown, Sierra Leone: Lessons from an Innovative Reform Programme


This paper offers a comprehensive analysis of the ongoing property tax reform in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Utilizing a qualitative approach, the paper is grounded in a series of interviews with key stakeholders involved in the Freetown reform. It aims to document and extract valuable lessons by detailing the critical elements of the reform program and examining the political economy factors and constraints that influence the reform’s outcomes. This paper provides a deep dive into the complexities and challenges of implementing tax reform in a dynamic urban environment.


Abou Bakarr Kamara

Niccolo Meriggi

Doctoral Fellow


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Graeme Stewart-Wilson

Doctoral Fellow

Wilson Prichard


Dr Wilson Prichard is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and Department of Political Science, a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Executive Director of the ICTD and Chair of the LoGRI program. His research focuses on the political economy of tax reform in lower-income countries and the relationship between taxation and citizen demands for improved governance in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa.  He is the authors of Taxation, Responsiveness and Accountability in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Dynamics of Tax Bargaining (Cambridge University Press, 2015), Taxing Africa: Coercion, Reform and Development (Zed Press, 2018) and Innovations in Tax Compliance: Building Trust, Navigating Politics and Tailoring Reform (World Bank, 2022), along with a range of academic articles.


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