Alert calls on donors to support post-Ebola recovery in Liberia

International Alert endorses a joint letter advocating for international support for Liberia’s recovery and transition to development, issued ahead of the International Ebola Recovery Conference taking place in New York from 9-10 July.

The letter calls on international donors to support the Liberia Economic Stabilization Recovery Plan (ESRP), to address immediate stabilization actions and continued prevention of Ebola and communicable diseases, as well as the strengthening of long-term systems for health, education and economic livelihoods.

It stresses that successful implementation of the ESRP can be achieved with a focus on community engagement, together with robust and strengthened accountability mechanisms.

These can significantly increase the likelihood of effective investment in the recovery to development process, and the fulfilment of the plans. Donors must ensure that their contribution is monitored effectively, with the support of a strengthened civil society.

The document was signed by over 25 INGOs. You can read it by downloading the file below.

Alert’s upcoming report on this topic, due to be released later this month, also reveals an urgent need to ensure that post-Ebola policymaking and aid delivery take into account the need to repair trust between Liberians and their government.

The research report, titled Surviving Ebola: Public perceptions of governance and the outbreak response in Liberia, notes that:

  • There are negative perceptions concerning the performance and trustworthiness of the government in the wake of the Ebola outbreak;
  • There is a sentiment of anger at the government’s initial efforts to combat the outbreak, mostly due to delayed and ineffective early measures;
  • Grassroots initiatives by Liberian community structures played a vital role in preventing the worst-case scenario from coming to pass;
  • There was no widespread violence or instability resulting from the outbreak;
  • The worst impacts of the Ebola crisis have been felt by the poor, who report loss of income, difficulty accessing medical services and traumatic feelings of fear.

Particular attention must be paid to the underlying social dynamics that enabled the outbreak to evade detection and delayed effective response by public health officials until it was too late.

These dynamics are intimately connected to issues of public trust, the fairness of Liberian institutions, and social and economic marginalisation.

International Alert’s report, Surviving Ebola, will be published on our website on 27 July 2015.