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The Ebola pivot

11th February 2015

In this interview Nick Thompson talks to Devex about how AGI was able to support the transition of our teams to work on the Ebola response in a short space of time. The interview delves into AGI's funding model and looks at what role has been played by AGI teams in the last six months as well as talking about the need for government ownership of the Ebola recovery.

A short extract is below but you can read the full piece on the Devex website.

 “It led to us saying, ‘We should be in this because we are committed to the countries and because this is the single-biggest issue they are facing,’” he said. “The things that we consider day to day around leadership, coordination, management and organization are as much a part of this story as the doctors and nurses on the front line.”

As a result, over a three-week period, the organization pivoted its efforts toward addressing the management of the Ebola crisis. In-country staff shifted to assisting governments in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea toward improving their central coordination mechanisms.

Advisers supported the design and management of effective district control centers in order to help the countries struck by the crisis to produce better and more reliable information that could inform decisions that are both critical to the success of the response and efforts post-Ebola."