African Voices

Fault Lines between National and County Officials Push Kenyan Health Workers to the Brink

Kenyan health workers are pushing the government to honor agreements made in December, but negotiations have exposed fault lines between county and national officials. John Mbati reports from Nairobi.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Interview with Ladé Araba: Using Blended Finance to Tackle COVID-19 and Build Back Better

Ladé Araba, Managing Director for Africa at Convergence, talks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about blended finance’s potential role in building back after the pandemic, the core policy priorities, and her views on leadership.

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Interview with Julie Gichuru: Building Community Resilience and Leveraging Storytelling to Tackle COVID-19

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to Julie Gichuru about the Mastercard Foundation’s response to COVID-19 in Africa.

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The COVID-19 Pandemic is Killing Zimbabwe’s Once-thriving Cross-border Trading Networks

Policies meant to control the spread of COVID-19 have had dramatic negative impacts on Zimbabweans involved in cross-border trade, including in Mutare, a city east of Harare on the border with Mozambique.

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How COVID-19 Disrupted the Livelihoods of Farmers—and Heightened Food Insecurity—in Kenya

In Kenya, COVID-19 restrictions cut off access to agricultural inputs and sowed confusion among farmers. The impacts on food security—and farming livelihoods—could be severe and long-lasting.

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COVID-19’s Impact on the Agri-Sharing Economy in Africa: An Interview with Hello Tractor’s Folu Okunade

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to Folu Okunade, Chief Strategy Officer & Chief Operating Officer, Hello Tractor, about the pandemic’s impacts on small-scale farming and the burgeoning ‘agri-sharing’ economy in Africa.

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Interview: Dr. Youssef Boutros-Ghali on COVID-19, Debt Sustainability, and Macroeconomic Policy in Africa

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to Dr. Youssef Boutros-Ghali, former Finance Minister of Egypt and former chairman of the IMF’s International Monetary and Financial Committee, about the economic impact of the pandemic, the policy response, SDRs, and more.

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Relaxed COVID-19 Restrictions, But Nigerian Farmers Are Still Counting Losses

Lockdown restrictions to mitigate COVID-19 had severe impacts for farmers in Nigeria, delaying planting and increasing the costs of inputs. Abiodun Jamiu reports from Kwara State.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

‘No Mask, No Lessons’: COVID-19’s Impact on Access to Education in Rural Malawi

“I personally see children being turned back from school because they have no masks on a daily basis. This is a big stumbling block to their education.”

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Kenya’s Frontline Health Workers Are Dying From COVID-19

Hundreds of health workers in Kenya have contracted COVID-19 during the pandemic, and 31 have died from the virus. Health workers are now asking for more protections, and a major trade union is preparing a strike.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch