May 17th By Melanie Mayhew, World Bank Group
Every day for 27 years, in the early morning blackness that only fishermen know, John* and his crew dislodged their boat from Sierra Leone’s shore and paddled north toward Guinea, returning at sunset with nets flopping with fish.
Today John stands in a few inches of water in the port of Aberdeen, Sierra Leone, gazing at the colorful boats skirting the horizon, wishing he could return to the sea. It’s been a year since he captained a boat, a year since he fished.
The Government of the Republic of Liberia has received financing from the World Bank toward the costof the Ebola Emergency Response Project (EERP), and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services (Technical Assistance to Department of Health Services) for the Ministry of Health.
Deadline: 18 September, 2015
Press release published on the World Bank website.
WASHINGTON, February 24, 2015— Nearly 20 percent of the Liberians who had stopped working since the Ebola crisis have returned to work in the last month, according to the World Bank Group’s most recent round of cell-phone surveys, signaling both important progress and the magnitude of the challenge ahead.
This improvement, an encouraging sign of a shift toward economic normalization, was mainly driven by a large increase in wage work in urban areas. A substantial percentage of those working pre-crisis remain out of work, however; those in self-employment continue to be the hardest hit by the Ebola crisis, pointing to a lack of working capital and a lack of customers as the main barriers to their operation.
The Netherlands Minister for Development Aid and International Trade, Lilianne Ploumen, pledged an additional 16 million euros to fight the Ebola outbreak in West-Africa. This is in addition to the 18 million pledged earlier, and the use of the Dutch navy frigate Karel Doorman. Additionally, the customs regulations will be streamlined to ensure that aid deliveries will be efficient: “The quicker we can tackle the Ebola outbreak at the source, the better it is for the world. Each dollar we spend now, is a savings in the long run.”
Read the full article, in Dutch, here: http://www.volkskrant.nl/binnenland/nederland-maakt-zestien-miljoen-extra-vrij-tegen-ebola~a3765076/
On Tuesday, September 16, the Board of Directors of the World Bank approved a $105 million dollar emergency response package to confront the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The project consists of three components. The first component ($45m) is to support the Ebola outbreak response plans of the governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The second component ($38m) aims to bolster the human resources side of the response, while the third component ($22m) consists of providing food and basic supplies to the quarantined populations and affected households. The full Project Appraisal Document can be found here.