From 9-10 July, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is hosting an International Ebola Recovery Conference in New York held in cooperation with the Governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and in partnership with the international donor community. The Conference aims to muster international support and funds in support to national recovery strategies in countries affected by Ebola.
The Conference aims to muster international support and funds in support to national recovery strategies in countries affected by Ebola.
Cordaid, in its capacity as member and host of the Secretariat of the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS), is calling on all stakeholders present at the Conference to commit adequate levels of funding, and to make sure that Ebola recovery programs do not merely focus on economic growth and health systems strengthening but include crucial and sustainable efforts aimed at enhancing governance and social cohesion, re-building trust between governments and citizens, and developing means of future crisis prevention. Such efforts are important as the Ebola crisis has severely impacted all aspects of social, political and economic life.
Addressing this issue, CSPPS has recently published a report that sets forth five key actions for governments and civil society organizations in countries affected by Ebola, and for the international donor community:
- Prioritize the development of inclusive national recovery strategies.
- Invest early in development of robust service delivery systems and institutions with crisis response capacity.
- Build trust and strengthen government-citizen relations and practical means for collaboration to achieve common goals.
- Place communities from the start at the center of crisis response.
- Build national ownership of, and implement, the New Deal.
A CSPPS delegation, including a civil society representative from Sierra Leone and a member of the CSPPS Executive Committee, will attend the Ebola Recovery Conference in New York.
More about the New Deal and Post-Ebola Recovery: Defining the implications of the use of the New Deal Framework for Engagement in Fragile States in Post-Ebola Recovery (resource document from International Dialogue, of which CSPPS is a member).