15 Jan 2015
Freetown, Sierra Leone – A multi-party mission to assess support needed for long-term recovery in the three countries in West Africa hardest hit by Ebola kicked off in Sierra Leone today.
The main aim of the Ebola Response Assessment (ERA) is to work with authorities in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea to identify key areas of support that will lay the foundations for early and medium-term economic and social recovery after the Ebola epidemic subsides.
Stan Nkwain, UNDP’s Deputy Assistant Administrator, is leading the mission. “As the Ebola Virus Disease is raging across the region, particularly in Sierra Leone, the mission should go hand in hand with the response” he said.
Mission experts from the United Nations, the African Development Bank, the European Union and the World Bank will focus on health, water and sanitation, infrastructure and basic services, socio-economic recovery and peacebuilding.
Mission members met Dr. Kaifala Marah, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Finance and Economic Development on January 14. The Minister underscored the need to include all stakeholders in the ERA process to avoid duplication of assessments and efforts to mobilize resources.
David McLachlan-Karr, UN Resident Coordinator in Sierra Leone, said that the ERA would be nationally led by and would focus on supporting the Government’s Agenda for Prosperity – Sierra Leone’s roadmap for development.
“Readjustment of some aspects of the UN and Development Partners programmes are needed to ensure efforts to contain Ebola are not interrupted, while at the same time, preparing the ground work for future recovery programming” said Mr. McLachlan-Karr.
The UN Country Team in Sierra Leone is updating aspects of its assistance to ensure its support is relevant to the Government’s efforts to eradicate Ebola, whilst helping the country move towards sustainable development.
The ERA mission was launched after consultations between the United Nations and the Governments of the Mano River Union, following UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to the region in December 2014.
Nicolas Douillet, Communications Specialist, UNDP Africa. Tel: +1.212.906.5937 Nicolas.Douillet@undp.org
Lesley Wright, Communications Specialist, UNDP Sierra Leone, Tel: +232 (0)78 950 001 firstname.lastname@example.org
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