July 28, 2021

Government of Sierra Leone contributes USD 1 million to EbolaTrust Fund

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The Government of Sierra Leone has pledge to contribute USD 1 million to the Ebola Trust Fund established to ensure the smooth implementation of Sierra Leone’s National Ebola Recovery Strategy._83940853_83940852

Sierra Leone – The SLERF will ensure the smooth implementation of Sierra Leone’s National Ebola Recovery Strategy. It is developed and finalized with the technical and financial support from the United Nations Development Programme in Sierra Leone.

It’s establishment follows the successful international UN Ebola Conference hosted by UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon on 12th July 2015 in New York during which donors pledged a whooping USD 3.4 Billion to the three Ebola-affected countries of the Mano River Union Basin. However, an estimated USD 894 million was pledged for Sierra Leone alone, the bulk of which are repackaged financing from traditional development partners.

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Sierra Leone’s Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Kaifala Marah in a warm hand shake with Mr. Gabriel Rugalema Head of the FAO in Sierra Leone, representing the UN/UNDP Country Head, Mr. David McLachlan-Karr after the signing of documents marking the establishment of a Sierra Leone Ebola Recovery Trust Fund (SLERF).

To demonstrate leadership and ownership, the Government of Sierra Leone is contributing USD 1 million to the Trust Fund, but is seeking contributions from partners including donors who pledged at the UN International Ebola Conference, other Governments, Foundations, the private scetor and the public at large.

UNDP’s Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF-O) which is appointed Trustee f the Fund, will perform fiduciary role in accordance with the highest international standards in support of the governing body of the Fund-the Steering Board- which will be comprised of the Government of Sierra Leone, the UN and contributing partners.

According to Minister Marah, the SLERF will ensure “excellence and full transparency in receipt and administration of contributions, transfer of funding to approved projects and periodic reporting and monitoring to highlight achievements.”

It would be recalled that the Government of Sierra Leone took a leading role in responding to the Ebola crisis with support from the international community and the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) was set up to meet immediate needs related to the unprecedented fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

 

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