Funding the Ebola Response

A grant of USD 22 million from the World Bank enables WFP to feed communities in West Africa. Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud

We must see sustained commitment from the international community to reach and stay at zero cases and support durable social and economic recovery in 2015 and beyond.

Global generosity

There has been an extraordinary response from national governments, international organizations and the private sector to funding the response to the Ebola outbreak. Their generosity has allowed key services to be put in place that have contributed to the decline in new cases of Ebola in all of the most affected countries. 

More than 50 nations have contributed to the response and funding has been disbursed to the affected national governments at a rapid rate.

Additional funding is required to get to zero cases, to enable the revival of services, and to encourage the resilience of societies.

Funding to reach zero cases

Financial support can be provided directly to UN agencies and Civil Society Organisations or via the Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF).

The UN Secretary-General established the Trust Fund to finance critical unfunded priorities in the response.  Real-time financial information, detailing contributions and funded programmes, are available online.

Funding recovery

To eliminate Ebola and keep countries free of disease, there needs to be sustained disease surveillance, infection prevention and control and sufficient response capacity as long as the risk of Ebola transmission remains in the region.

Funding will be needed to support longer term recovery of the affected countries. Work is being carried out to estimate the amount needed. Some of these funds will come via development banks such as the World Bank and the African Development Bank.  Some will come from international NGOs, the private sector, bilateral donors, foundations and the International Monetary Fund.

The Secretary-General convened an International Ebola Recovery Conference on 9-10 July 2015, bringing together the three affected countries, the United Nations and the international community, to support recovery priorities enabling countries to make the transition to recovery.

Resources for Results

Three reports have been published, providing an overview of the financial resources announced and disbursed to countries and agencies. See the Resources for Results reports.

Previous appeals for funding

The 'Overview of Needs and Requirements' report presents the UN system and partners requirements for the Ebola Response.

The first report was released in September 2014, followed by an update report in January 2015.