Cash and Ebola 

In 2014 and 2015, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone confronted the worst Ebola outbreak in history, with 28,616 cases reported, including 11,310 deaths so far. In April 2015, the World Bank estimated economic losses due to the crisis at 2.2 billion USD for the three most affected countries (240 million for Liberia, and 1.4 billion in Sierra Leone).

Due to the economic impact of the crisis at national, community and household levels, and because Ebola survivors and victims’ families are facing huge challenges in restoring damaged livelihoods, key actors are using CTP (cash transfer programming) as a tool to support recovery in affected areas.

Partnership 

With $101.5 million of contribution in 2015, FFP (The Office of Food For Peace – USAID) is a major actor of the Food Security response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and Liberia. In order to do that, FFP and its partners have embraced the use of CTP as a mechanism to support Ebola affected communities.

The Cash Learning Partnership and FFP are working together on a dedicated project in Sierra Leone and Liberia to document, analyze and draw learnings and recommendations to optimize the use of CTP in future crises.

FFP partners have implemented CTP through diverse technical approaches which provide a unique opportunity for coordinated learning and documentation on the factors of success, drivers of improvements, and recommendations for future similar crises and / or CTP in similar contexts.

Based on field visits, interviews, data collection and learning events, the CaLP Regional Cash Expert, with support from the Project Manager and CaLP global team, will elaborate a complete Documentation Path including a Documentation Report comparing and analyzing the diverse CTP strategies in Sierra Leone and Liberia. This research piece will be complimented by a case study, targeted capacity building, dissemination activities and a study on cash effectiveness. 

For a detailed outline of the project outputs please click here.