KRL responds to COVID-19 with adaptation, advocacy
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During this global health crisis, which has brought unprecedented challenges to every corner of the world and every sector of the economy, KRL is working with governments, corporations, foundations, and individuals to adapt to new global realities, including travel restrictions, supply chain interruptions, worker safety concerns, and the new normal of virtual meetings and events.
KRL is also providing regular intelligence on U.S and foreign government policies, keeping clients advised of the status of public health measures in the regions where they work, and advocating for their interests. For example, KRL has lobbied the U.S. government and international finance institutions on behalf of an international telecommunications company operating in Latin America, to preserve a sustainable telecommunications market at a time when citizens desperately need reliable service.
Empowered by our experience with the Ebola crisis of 2014-16, KRL was able to quickly activate its network to stand up the West Africa Private Sector Coronavirus (WAPSCON19) platform for public-private coordination, ensuring a more robust response to the health and economic crises hitting the region. The platform serves as a multi-stakeholder forum to coordinate information-sharing and problem-solving across the public and private sectors. Key interventions include strategies to scale up testing, public education campaigns, and long-term economic recovery plans. KRL serves as technical advisor to the Ghana Chapter, chaired by the Public Enterprise Foundation, and is highly active in the Liberia Chapter, chaired by ArcelorMittal.
Assistance to Liberia
KRL works with the Government of Liberia to continue advocacy for increased emergency assistance to help the country conduct contact tracing, obtain medical equipment, and mitigate economic impacts of the pandemic. KRL is working with PriceWaterhouseCoopers to help the government and private sector partners launch the Liberia Private Sector Executive Committee (LIPSEC) web portal to facilitate further donations to the COVID-19 response. The effort has the potential to bring in $4.6 million in matching funds from USAID.