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The Ebola Crisis and Post‐2015 Development


  • Charles Gore
  • Melissa Leach


This article argues that the recent Ebola crisis is the result of structural violence, as interlocking institutions have produced interlaced inequalities, unsustainabilities and insecurities. These have underlain the vulnerabilities in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea through which a disease outbreak became a major health, social and economic crisis and the local fears, distrust, rumours and resistance that magnified it further. Articulating this analysis of Ebola with broader perspectives, the case is made for a reframing of post‐2015 development as transformational politics towards equality, sustainability and security, enabling people to realise well‐being and justice in terms that make sense to them. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Charles Gore & Melissa Leach, 2015. "The Ebola Crisis and Post‐2015 Development," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 27(6), pages 816-834, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:27:y:2015:i:6:p:816-834

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    1. > Economics of Welfare > Health Economics > Economics of Pandemics > Specific pandemics > Ebola


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    1. Rory Horner, 2017. "What is global development," Global Development Institute Working Paper Series 202017, GDI, The University of Manchester.
    2. Rory Horner & David Hulme, 2017. "Converging divergence? Unpacking the new geography of 21st century global development," Global Development Institute Working Paper Series 102017, GDI, The University of Manchester.
    3. Tengbeh, Angus Fayia & Enria, Luisa & Smout, Elizabeth & Mooney, Thomas & Callaghan, Mike & Ishola, David & Leigh, Bailah & Watson-Jones, Deborah & Greenwood, Brian & Larson, Heidi & Lees, Shelley, 2018. "“We are the heroes because we are ready to die for this country”: Participants' decision-making and grounded ethics in an Ebola vaccine clinical trial," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 203(C), pages 35-42.
    4. Johnson, Ginger A. & Vindrola-Padros, Cecilia, 2017. "Rapid qualitative research methods during complex health emergencies: A systematic review of the literature," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 189(C), pages 63-75.

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