About

The Ebola Recovery Tracking Initiative is a partnership between the governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the United Nations Office of the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The objective of the initiative is to track official development assistance (ODA) toward Ebola recovery efforts in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the Mano River Union, with an emphasis on how much funding is aligned with the recovery plans presented at the 2015 United Nations International Ebola Recovery Conference.

International Ebola Recovery Conference

On July 10, 2015, the United Nations hosted the International Ebola Recovery Conference in New York.

The United Nations convened donors and international organizations in order to garner pledges to the three primarily affected countries, as well as the Mano River Union. Each country, as well as the Mano River Union, presented a recovery plan:

Ebola Tracking Initiative

The Ebola Recovery Tracking Initiative documents bilateral and multilateral pledges, commitments, and disbursements toward the Ebola recovery effort, with a particular emphasis on how donor funding is aligned with national plans.

The information was gathered by staff from the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti (Paul Farmer’s UN office) by contacting the relevant offices of donors and requesting a breakdown of pledges, commitments, and disbursements. The methodology consists of the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti (Paul Farmer’s UN office) contacting the relevant offices of donors and requesting a breakdown of pledges, commitments, and disbursements.

Over time, this tracking function will be transferred to the ministries charged with aid management in each of the three affected countries, adding capacity to existing national aid coordination mechanisms.

 

1. Requirements are the resources that were requested in the national and regional recovery plans presented at the United Nations International Ebola Recovery Conference in New York (July 2015.) These include $2,577.2 million (28.3% of total requirement) from The Republic of Guinea’s Post-Ebola Socio-Economic Recovery Strategy (2015-2017 ); $1,257.2 million (13.8% of total requirement) from The Republic of Liberia’s Economic Stabilization and Recovery Plan (2015-2017); $1,283.2 million (14% of total requirement) from The Republic of Sierra Leone’s National Recovery Strategy (2015-2017); and $4,000 million (43.9% of total requirement) from The Mano River Union Post-Ebola Socio-economic Recovery Programme. 
2. A pledge is a general promise to provide assistance and is usually made for a particular time frame, though not always.
3. Committed (or obligated) funds are those for which projects have been approved or agreements/contracts have been signed or are in the process of being transferred or disbursed. Committed funds are exclusive of disbursed funds. 
4. Disbursement is the transfer of funds from a donor to implementing partners (which could be governments, non-governmental organizations, UN entities, or private contractors, among others).