Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 April 2015
The return to work continues in Liberia, led by gains for wage workers and the rural self-employed, while the picture remains mixed in Sierra Leone, where urban youth and the non-farm self-employed continued to lag behind.
This is according to the latest round of high-frequency mobile-phone surveys, conducted in both countries by the World Bank Group and partners, in order to assess how Ebola is impacting people’s livelihoods.
These findings come as heads of state from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea meet in Washington, DC at the World Bank Group’s Spring Meetings, sharing their Ebola recovery plans with finance and development ministers and international partners.
As Liberia approaches zero cases, and Sierra Leone sees promising declines in infection rates in recent weeks, it will be important to understand where economic recovery efforts should be targeted, and which people within each country need the most attention – both now and once the health crisis has fully abated, says a new report by the World Bank.