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Wednesday, Jan 14, 1:00 PM EST · 1 hour 15 minutes

The Billion Dollar Ebola Project

January 14, 2015 at 01:00:00 PM · Eastern Time (US & Canada)
By Twenty-First Century African Youth Movement (4.3 stars · 3 reviews )
About This Webinar

How Corruption and Lack of Trust in West Africa Has fueled the Ebola Crisis

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Ebola has claimed over 8000 victims globally since its outbreak in March 2014. With Ebola victims found throughout the globe, most deaths have fallen in the three West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The deadliness of the virus is indisputable. However, the rate at which the virus spread within these three countries is extremely worrying.

A variety of factors conspired to the fast spread of the virus in the West African region. The proximity of the countries, cross-border social and trade relations, the centralization of economic and political activity in the capitals coupled with cultural beliefs about the nature of the virus and its remedy, have all allowed the disease to spread rapidly.

There is one very important factor not mentioned above which is the ill-organised social health care systems and lack of medical expertise and facilities to treat the infected. All three West African countries deal with a lack of overall trust in their governments, triggered by a long history of political intolerance and corruption.

Too often, Sierra Leoneans, Guineans and Liberians, have endured experiences of their governments making false promises with deeper implications that their initial reaction to the outbreak of the virus was one of cynicism. The report on Ebola was perceived as just another scam by their governments to attract fund from international donors.

One of the main reasons these countries have little or no investment in social healthcare and medical services is because health budgets have been plundered by government after government. Even now, when financial aid from around the globe is entering these countries, there is little to no transparency on where and how these funds are being spent.

The governments have to step it up and show both their citizens as well as the international community that their fight against Ebola is at the same time a fight against corruption.

Join us for this #postebolastrategy webinar to discuss how the governments can regain their citizen’s trust and work together to contain the virus on both short and long term.

  • Transparent Use of Funds
  • Governance Accountability
  • Improving Health Infrastructure
Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Webinar ID: a02b56fb4c0e
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter Twenty-First Century African Youth Movement
Twenty First Century African Youth Movement (AYM) http://www.aym-inc.org/ is a charitable organisation with a youth-focused social entrepreneurship and capacity development programs. Founded in 1992, AYM endeavors to improve the lives of millions of youths in Africa by creating job opportunities and providing them with employable skills.

Our mission is to educate and employ youth in technology, agribusiness, ecotourism, entrepreneurship and the creative arts to revitalize Africa’s potential and bring its people social and political stability. AYM puts youths on the path to self-sufficiency and economic productivity while fostering community resilience.

Mobilizing Africa’s unemployed and underemployed youth is the key to the continent’s economic growth and stability. AYM works to mobilize marginalized youth through education, training, and employment, creating entrepreneurial opportunities to help move communities away from poverty, disease, and hunger. AYM aims to establish personal empowerment and community resilience by energizing the continent’s youth population, its most critical resource in the reversal of social and economic stagnation.
Webinar hosting presenter Simon Tsike-Sossah
Simon is the head of ACIPP Consulting and the Executive Director of ACIPP West Africa in the Netherlands.
He holds a combined Bachelor’s degree in Social Science (Geography and Sociology) from the University of Cape Coast (2004); Masters in Development Students also from the University of Cape Coast (2014). Finally, he recently completed a Master’s in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands (2012).
Simon is a certified “Civil Peace” consultant from the “Academy for Conflict Transformation” based in Bonn, Germany (2010).
Simon has more than 10years experience developing, implementing and facilitating change across West Africa with focus on Sierra Leone, Ghana and Liberia.
As a content developer, Simon was part of the authors’ of the West Africa Civil Society Institute’s “Conflict Prevention Resource Pack for Civilian Actors in West Africa”; writing the youth development component of the manual. (http://wacsi.org/en/site/resource_centre/1212/Conflict-Prevention-Resource-Pack-for-Civilian-Actors-in-West-Africa.htm).
Simon also authored at the request of WACSI the Monograph: ‘Promoting Youth Participation in Local Governance: “The Abusua Foundation Experience”’ (http://wacsi.org/en/site/publications/196/PROMOTING-YOUTH-PARTICIPATION-IN-LOCAL-GOVERNANCE-%E2%80%9CTHE-ABUSUA-FOUNDATION-EXPERIENCE%E2%80%9D.htm)
Simon maintains a blog: http://tsikesossah.com/ where he writes about his work, observations and politics of his travels.
Simon’s strengths are networking, innovative thining, creativity and producing results.
Webinar hosting presenter Annebeth Wijtenburg Wijtenburg
Annebeth is currently a Conference Producer and Research Journalist in the travel industry. Responsible for producing the content for a variety of global conferences, She is also the editor of a bi-monthly event&analysis newsletter and publishes a number of articles per week analysing the global travel retail market.

Annebeth has a strong background in research and analysis. Her work experiences span three continents and include large organisations such as the United Nations and The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Annebeth hold as MSc in Conflict Resolution and Governance and a BSc in International Relation and Latin American Studies. She is passionate about international relations and human rights.

She currently volunteers with the African Youth Movement, responsible of the production and moderation of webinars on the Ebola Crises in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
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