- Sierra Leone: Mudslides - Aug 2017
- Sierra Leone: Floods - Sep 2015
- West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014
- Sierra Leone: Wild Fires - Jan 2013
- Sierra Leone/Guinea: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2012
- West/Central Africa: Floods - Jun 2010
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2009
- Sierra Leone: Floods and Landslides - Aug 2009
- Sierra Leone: Floods - Sep 2007
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2007
IDS Practice Paper in Brief 16
As the Ebola crisis continues to unfold across West Africa and the international community belatedly responds, broader questions arise beyond the immediate challenges on the ground.
Nesbitt-Ahmed, Z., Mills, E. and Diggins, J.
IDS Evidence Report 110
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Last week, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine launched the Ebola Response Anthropology Platform (ERAP), in partnership with the Institute of Development Studies and the University of Exeter. The platform is an online resource to help health workers work more effectively with local communities.
Improving evidence and understanding of Ebola
The Ebola outbreak in Guinea and its spread to other areas of West Africa has caused global alarm. As one of the world's most infectious and deadly diseases, with no cure, the level of fear surrounding Ebola is to an extent expected. However, much of the fear is rooted in misunderstandings. Dispelling these misunderstandings is perhaps the biggest challenge in tackling Ebola and is critical to furthering our knowledge about the disease and efforts to control it.
In evidence to the UK Parliament’s International Development Select Committee, IDS research fellow Jeremy Allouche underlined the need for greater efforts to be focused on ensuring that the benefits of greater stability and strong economic performance in Sierra Leone were felt by all, especially young people.
Risks to long term stability in Sierra Leone
Research uptake: For the purposes of this report we define uptake as the acknowledgement and use of evidence-based recommendations by those key stakeholders who we want to influence (i.e. whose behaviour or attitudes we are seeking to change).
Debates over violence, security, humanitarian and development imperatives have long been polarised. However, as seen in Syria and Mali, the question is not simply whether one should intervene but rather how and for whose benefit. In this context, a closer look at the case of Sierra Leone – touted in many circles as a success story – yields interesting insights into the limits of its political settlement. Pro-poor development outcomes need to be at the heart of any negotiated political settlement.
Women make peace but men negotiate it
A new report from ActionAid, IDS, and Womankind looks at the role of women in local peacebuilding initiatives, finding that women are more likely than men to adopt a broad definition of peace which includes the household level and focuses on the attainment of individual rights and freedoms such as education, healthcare and freedom from violence.
In contrast, men have a greater tendency to associate peace with the absence of formal conflict and the stability of formal structures such as governance and infrastructure.
Sierra Leone’s bitter civil war saw the collapse of the state to a large degree, while rural governance systems continued to function. While the international community has tended to focus on rebuilding from the centre outwards, this paper analyses the reconstruction from the perspective of local communities and their chiefs.