Past eventResearch Event

The Socio-Economic Consequences of Ebola in Sierra Leone: Challenges and Prospects for Youth

20 January 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Chatham House, London


HE Edward Mohamed Turay, High Commissioner of Sierra Leone to the UK
Dr Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
, Youth Rights Activist, Sierra Leone
George Hodgson, Head of Ebola Taskforce, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Layne Robinson, Head of Youth Programmes Section, Commonwealth Secretariat
Chair: Dr Alex Vines OBE, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House



As prospects for controlling the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone start to improve, domestic and international policy-makers must turn to the long-term implications and required responses to bring the development agenda back on track. Policy responses to the crisis must be inclusive, as social and development challenges even before the outbreak particularly affected women and youth.

At this event the speakers will discuss their experiences of the challenges faced by youth as a result of the crisis and explore ways in which the government of Sierra Leone and the international community can collectively respond.