COVID-19 Pandemic and West Africa Ebola Crisis: Similarities, Differences and Opportunities Missed

  • 07 Apr 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • Online


Virtual Topical Discussion

COVID-19 Pandemic and West Africa Ebola Crisis: Similarities, Differences and Opportunities Missed

with Dirk Willem Dijkerman


Tuesday, April 7, 2020 | 12:00 pm-1:15 pm


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Talking Points

  • The Diseases
  • Federal Reaction to Outbreak in West Africa and China
  • Federal Reaction to Disease arriving in the U.S.
  • Federal Response to Ebola in West Africa and COVID in the US
  • Opportunities Missed and Prior Investments Devalued

About Dirk Willem Dijkerman

Dirk Dijkerman served for over thirty years at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), The World Bank, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. National War College and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). His most recent government positions include Executive Coordinator for USAID’s Ebola Task Force for the West African outbreak, Special Advisor at the OECD for defining its first-ever organization-wide Strategy on Development and the U.S. Government Representative to the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) at the OECD. In this later capacity, he also served as the U.S.’s lead negotiator to the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, which agreed upon steps donor and recipient signatories committed to taking to improve the quality of international aid and its impact. Responsibilities at USAID and the Department of State included acting Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance; the first Chief Operating Officer in the State Department’s Office of the Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance, and Deputy Assistant Administrator in USAID’s bureaus for policy and planning and for Asia and Near East affairs. Overseas, he served as USAID Mission Director in the Republic of South Africa, Rwanda, and the regional mission covering East and Southern Africa. He also has served on the Advisory Board to Korea’s International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and has consulted to Arizona State University. Dirk obtained his Ph.D. at Cornell University and retired from USAID as a Career Minister in the Foreign Service.

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