Tag Archives: Liberia

Public Education on Ebola

The actor Isaiah Washington has launched an Ebola education campaign using football (soccer) to educate the world about the disease. The Ebola Ball Kick Challenge is intended to draw attention to the ongoing plight, which has caused an estimated 10,000 deaths in West Africa and created an estimated 16,000 orphans And the regional economy has been devastated, with an estimated  $1.6 billion in one of the world’s poorest regions.

What do you think? Will the Ebola Ball Kick Challenge have the impact Washington hopes? Why? What, if anything, should be done to address the spread of Ebola in West Africa?

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Improvements in African governance

The 2008 Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance was released on Monday.  The index tracks five overarching categories of governance: safety and security; rule of law, transparency, and corruption; participation and human rights; sustainable development opportunity; and human development.  The purpose is to provide a comprehensive measure of progress in improving the quality of governance on the continent.

The report offers an upbeat assessment overall.  Two-thirds of African governments have improved their overall rankings from last year, with Liberia making the greatest improvements. The establishment of a democratic government under the leadership of Africa’s first female head of state, Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson, no doubt helped.

Topping the list were three small island states: Mauritius, the Seychelles, and Cape Verde, as well as the relatively-wealthy states of South Africa and Botswana.  At the bottom of the list were those where ongoing war has resulted in state failure: Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Chad, Sudan, Angola, and the Central African Republic.