The Ebola epidemic that afflicted some West African countries with great loss of life and economic devastation is symptomatic of a larger problem. The three countries most affected by the epidemic – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – lost about $1.5 billion each year to corporate tax evasion, corruption and external debt payments in the decade preceding the outbreak. Guinea spends more money servicing debt than on public health. How can we tackle the root causes of this affliction and change the economic policies that trap people in cycle of poverty?
Eric LeCompte, Executive Director, Jubilee USA
Aniedi Okure, OP, Executive Director, Africa Faith & Justice Network