The Transformative Role of City-Community Partnerships in the Fight Against Ebola and Beyond in Greater Monrovia, Liberia

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The Transformative Role of City-Community Partnerships in the Fight Against Ebola and Beyond in Greater Monrovia, Liberia  documents the Improved Primary Waste Collection in Poor Communities (IMPAC) project, particularly the city-community partnership developed around the structuring of Community Based Enterprises (CBEs) and the delivery of solid waste management services in urban poor communities.

It examines how the project served as a platform for additional socioeconomic development projects, notably leveraging the existing waste management partnership to fight Ebola in a creative and pragmatic way. The report explores how city-community partnerships might be further developed as a platform for delivering additional socio-economic development projects.

The report found that in Liberia’s urban slums, strong community networks were enlisted to help battle the disease. These networks were functional—and indeed, transformational—despite the infrastructure problems. This in turn facilitated government efforts to engage communities to help overcome the crisis.

The report was produced in partnership with Cities Alliance, the Government of Liberia, and the Monrovia City Government.

 

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