#GivingTuesday: The Ebola Response
By: Ernest Danjuma Enebi
Dec 2, 2014

There are two days dedicated to shopping, a day to supporting small businesses, and today is dedicated to giving. On #GivingTuesday, we come together to harness the power of collective giving. Having a day dedicated to giving is an important step in promoting and mainstreaming philanthropy, whether it is giving to causes or volunteering. Today’s tweet chat discussion will focus on #GivingTuesday and the Ebola Response. Africa Responds will co-host this discussion with the UN Foundation, one of the co-founders of the #GivingTuesday movement.

We will discuss the patterns of giving to Ebola and how they have changed since the onset of the outbreak. We have seen companies like Facebook and Google and philanthropists like Bill Gates and Paul Allen commit millions to supporting the work of international organizations responding to Ebola. The African Union has also convened Africa’s private sector to mobilize $28.5 million to send health care workers to affected countries. However, not enough money is going to Ebola as compared to other emergencies, and not enough is reaching local organizations.

Today, we will cover the trends and opportunities for giving to Ebola. Here are some guiding questions:

  • How much in philanthropic, bilateral, and multilateral aid has been dedicated to the Ebola response?
  • Who are the individuals giving to the Ebola response?
  • Who is receiving Ebola funding?
  • Ebola has received less funding than other emergencies, how can we change that?
  • 78% of the Ebola funding is going to a handful of organizations. What other organizations are involved in the Ebola response?
  • Are local organizations being adequately funded to address the needs of their communities?
  • What does the way we give to emergencies like Ebola say about how we give and what motivates us to give?

When: Tuesday, December 2nd
Time: 12:00pm EST
Twitter Handle: @AfricaResponds @unfoundation
Hashtags: #AfricaResponds #UnitedAgainstEbola #GivingTuesday



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