Governance & Economic Crisis Mitigation

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USAID activities worked with civil society organizations, including women’s and survivors’ groups, to distribute key messages to communities and promote behavior change, provide social protection to survivors and families who lost loved ones to Ebola, and increase civic participation in local and national elections. This included training community radio station managers in ways to discuss key behavior change communication messages, reconciliation, and the memorialization of people lost to Ebola.

Graph showing the real GDP growth in 2012,2015 and 2018 for Guinea Liberia and Sierra L.eone. Between 2016 and 2018 economies rebounded in all three countries.
Graph showing the real GDP growth in 2012,2015 and 2018 for Guinea Liberia and Sierra L.eone. Between 2016 and 2018 economies rebounded in all three countries.

HIGHER HEALTH EXPENDITURE AS A PERCENTAGE OF GDP

Although the onset of Ebola made the 2014–2015 score appear higher (with more expenses and a corresponding drop in GDP), the broader trend of government spending on health has increased between 1 and 5 percentage points over four years. This indicates investments in health systems, providers, and infrastructure are being made.

ECONOMIC REBOUNDED FASTER FROM CRISIS

During the Ebola outbreak, borders were closed, farming was interrupted, industries were disrupted, and schools shuttered. At varying rates, the countries’ systems for health, water supply, transportation, and economic growth were adversely affected. Between 2016 and 2018, economies rebounded.

MORE CONFIDENCE IN ELECTIONS BROUGHT OUT NEW VOTERS & ASPIRANTS

Pillar II activities played a critical role in raising awareness of electoral issues, especially among women and youth. In 2016, USG-assisted programs provided nearly 9.5 million people with civic and voter education, up from 2.5 million in 2015.

5.9 million of Guinea’s 6.5 million people over the age of 18 were registered for the February 2018 elections.

CIVIC ACTIVITIES ENHANCED PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND AWARENESS

USAID-funded activities helped revitalize and harmonize messaging through community radio, distributing key messages to communities and promoting behavior change, providiving social protection to survivors and families who lost loved ones to Ebola, and increasing civic participation in local and national elections.

In all three countries, radio was increasingly used to raise awareness and share information.

CIVIC ACTIVITIES ENHANCED PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND AWARENESS

USAID-funded activities helped revitalize and harmonize messaging through community radio, distributing key messages to communities and promoting behavior change, providiving social protection to survivors and families who lost loved ones to Ebola, and increasing civic participation in local and national elections.

In all three countries, radio was increasingly used to raise awareness and share information

Last updated: August 30, 2019

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