African Voices

Emerging Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

“The lesson of this current pandemic is that innovations are happening around the world. But the resources to fund and to scale innovations are not spread evenly. This must be addressed.”

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Interview with Zemedeneh Negatu: Investing in Africa after COVID-19

Zemedeneh Negatu, Global Chairman of the Fairfax Capital Fund, speaks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about how the pandemic has changed the investment environment in Africa, and how the continent and Ethiopia, in particular, have responded.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Capital Raising during COVID-19: Perspectives and Developments from the Botswana Stock Exchange

On 5 June, 2020, the Botswana Stock Exchange held its inaugural virtual opening bell facilitated, becoming one of the few stock exchanges in Africa to do so during this pandemic. This piece examines the BSE’s COVID-19 response and reactions from market stakeholders.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Interview with Ethel Mwambazi Kandiwo: COVID-19 and the Zambian Media and Advertising Industry

Ethel Mwambazi Kandiwo, Managing Director at BlackDot Media, speaks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about how the pandemic is affecting the media and advertising world in Zambia.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

COVID-19’s Impact in Kenya: Reflections from Joy Doreen Biira

Kenya-based journalist, Joy Doreen Biira shares her thoughts on COVID-19’s impacts in the Kibra slum in Nairobi, the community response, and what the priorities for a ‘new normal’ should be.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Interview Series: Okey Umeano on Nigeria’s Economic Policy Responses to COVID-19

Okey Umeano, CFA. Ag., Acting Chief Economist of the Nigeria Securities & Exchange Commission, speaks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about Nigeria’s economic policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Interview with Dr. Vera Songwe on COVID-19’s Impact in Africa: Trade, Technology, and Economic Recovery

Dr. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, speaks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about the future—and renewed importance—of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the role of technology, infrastructure, and governance will play in the recovery from the pandemic, and the global response to the economic crisis.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

100 Days of COVID-19 in Africa: What We’ve Learned and What’s Ahead

“It is the willingness of ordinary people across Africa to step up and do the right things—from social distancing to new sanitary habits—that has kept the virus contained.”

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Post-Pandemic Africa: What Will the Future Look Like?

“What will the world economy look like when we fast-forward to the other side of the COVID-19 crisis?”

via COVID-19 Africa Watch