Via The Guardian: African Development Bank president calls on successor to focus on poorest. Excerpt:
[Donald] Kaberuka bemoans the minimal role African governments have played in the Ebola crisis. The early stages of the response saw “thousands of NGOs with all these huge vehicles with radio antennas, but there was no involvement of communities or governments”, he says, adding that the AfDB’s priority has been to channel funds to governments dealing with the crisis. So far, the bank has given $230m to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, he says.
The final cost of the Ebola crisis will be about $3.2bn, according to Kaberuka. He applauds the international response to Ebola, describing it as “people putting their politics on the side, dealing with the problem”. But he criticises African governments for “failing to explain to the communities how Ebola could be contained”.
The AfDB will elect its next president in May. Eight candidates – from Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Chad, Cape Verde, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and Mali – have been named.