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External evaluation of Concern Worldwide Ebola response in Sierra Leone

Last updated:
26 August 2016
Robert Schofield

The Concern Worldwide DEC funded Ebola Response Programme in Sierra Leone, consisted of an emergency and recovery phase, starting 29 Oct 2014 and due to complete by 31 Oct 2016. 

In March 2014, a rapidly evolving outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) started in Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as other countries in West Africa.  Concern had existing long term programmes in the region since the mid-90s and as a result of the Ebola outbreak they started a wide ranging response.

The evaluation found that "Concern have implemented a strong response to the Ebola crisis, operating in a tough context and have achieved the programme outcomes and in some cases exceeded these". Most outputs were achieved or are on track to be achieved by the end of the programme, apart from the number of youth trained, which is half the planned number of 200.

The programme was designed and built around Concern’s existing experience and competencies and successfully integrates across a number of the sectors, particularly the livelihoods components of Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs), Farmers Groups and Business Groups. Overall the programme was seen to have made a significant difference to Ebola affected individuals and communities in Freetown and Tonkolili District

This publication covers aid activities implemented with the financial assistance of DEC. The ideas, opinions and comments therein are entirely the responsibility of its author(s) and do not necessarily represent or reflect DEC policy.

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