Tony Blair spoke at the Global Philanthropy Forum in Washington DC today where he set out the case for putting effective government at the centre of African development.
In a wide ranging session Mr Blair drew on his experience as Prime Minister UK to illustrate why efficacy, getting things done, is the biggest challenge for governments around the world; and described how AGI's staff work shoulder-to-shoulder with a new generation of African leaders to build effective government so that they can take the future of their countries into their own hands.
Focusing on the Ebola crisis, Mr Blair described his great pride in the commitment of AGI staff who stayed to join the fight against the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. They are continuing to help eradicate the disease and support AGI’s partner government’s planning for their recovery.
He also highlighted the innovative role played by philanthropic organisations to ‘plug the gaps’ at the height of the outbreak, like the Paul Allen Foundation’s decision to support medical evacuation of international health workers so that doctors could get to West Africa quickly and work safely.
Mr. Blair said that while the Ebola outbreak has been a tragedy, it has also been an inspiration to see how the people of the affected countries in West Africa have come together to fight the disease.
The work described here was carried out by the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative, it is now being continued by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.