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US$178,000 project to enhance citizens’ trust in Ebola response

March 11, 2015 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

A consortium of civil society organisations has been formed to revive citizens’ trust and confidence in the governance and management of the emergency and recovery phase of the Ebola response.

With support from Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), the organizations – Campaign for Good Governance, Center for Accountability and Rule of Law, Center for the Coordination of Youth Activities, Democracy Sierra Leone, ActionAid Sierra Leone, Institute for Governance Reform, and Budget Advocacy Network – last Friday (6 March) unveiled a project titled: ‘Enhancing Trust between Citizens and Government in Sierra Leone’s Ebola Response’, worth US$178,300.

According to ActionAid’s Governance Advisor, Beatrice Serry, the overall purpose of the project is to strengthen state-citizens relationship through promoting transparency and accountability in the allocation and use of Ebola resources.

She told newsmen that the project would run for a year, with objectives, among others, to support stakeholders’ partnership to increase public knowledge on EVD prevention and management, deploy functional and efficient feedback loop between civil society and government around the implementation of the National Ebola Response Strategy towards increasing citizens’ trust and understanding of government programmes and activities.

Also, Ms. Serry added that the project would facilitate the creation and functioning of an Ebola Resource Tracking System (ERTS) to monitor the efficient use of Ebola designated resources in target districts.

She explained that to enhance those specific objectives, consortium members would conduct pre and post assessment of the project to measure impact and generate lessons, as well as embark on communication and advocacy in the targeted districts.

Earlier, OSIWA Country Officer, Joe Pemagbi, stated that over the years they have observed a seeming lost of social trust between the people and government, which is what the aforementioned CSOs will be working to bridge.

He emphasised the importance of CSOs, noting that their work should be seen as complementary to government and not adversary.

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