Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Billions In Ebola Funds Unaccounted For

Gary Snyder

At least a third of the $5.8 billion pledged in support of West African communities devastated by Ebola have yet to be delivered, while the funding that has been disbursed is nearly impossible to track, an analysis by Oxfam International finds.

Six months after the International Ebola Recovery Conference — where $5.2 billion was pledged for Ebola recovery efforts in the region — there is scant information available about the $3.9 billion that has been allocated. 

"We know that $1.9 billion of the promised funds have not even been committed to a specific country, but we can't say for sure how much of the remaining committed money has been effectively delivered,” said Aboubacry Tall, Oxfam's regional director for West Africa. 

"A lack of transparency throughout the whole process, from donors to implementing organizations to programs on the ground, means we're finding it hard to understand which donors have given what money, to whom, and for what purpose."

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