Analysis & Opinion

Tackling COVID-19 in Nigeria: Health Tech Rising to the Challenge

“What is the role of the private sector in economic growth in Nigeria, especially when it comes to economic recovery and transformation after the pandemic?

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

COVID-19 exposes Africa’s digital divide

“If COVID-19 has exposed the fault lines of inequalities around the world, chief among them is the gaping digital divide between the developed world and the Global South. The pandemic has been particularly unkind to developing countries in Africa and elsewhere, where stay-at-home restrictions in the absence of strong internet infrastructure have ended up causing a severe toll on livelihoods.”

via Africa Business Magazine

Should “formalization” be part of the post-COVID-19 economic agenda?

“‘Informality’ is the outcome of systemic dysfunction and trade realities. It is the result of weak market governance, not the cause. Platforms can and often do create marginally better work opportunities for atomized, informal workers. What they do not and cannot do is to fix endemic productivity challenges.”

via African Arguments

Eritrea’s deteriorating state

“Although the pandemic’s consequences had been fatal across the world, in extremely impoverished countries like Eritrea where the essential food items are rationed in stores run by the ruling party, the magnitude of the lockdown is immense. Eritrea’s elites who hold absolute power have already frozen the state in time for more than two decades.”

via Africa is a Country

Solidarity Fund could continue work beyond lockdown

“South Africa’s most generously endowed local philanthropic fund could continue its work for the foreseeable future. As the country prepares to move to Level 1 of lockdown, some of the Solidarity Fund’s major donors have indicated their desire for the fund to continue operating.”

via Daily Maverick

COVID-19 in the Horn of Africa: Political and Economic Impacts

“COVID-19 has in many ways pushed the political and economic capacities of states and societies in the Horn of Africa to their limits but has in the process also displayed their resilience.”

via Africa at LSE

Africa’s COVID-19 slow burn: A warning against complacency

“Scientists have warned against complacency, saying that a second wave is possible and that the continent’s health services could still easily be overwhelmed by COVID-19.”

via Daily Maverick

The cost of COVID-19: 25 years of progress, halted

“In nearly every indicator, progress towards the sustainable development goals has halted or reversed this year. Extreme poverty has increased by 7%. Vaccine coverage — a good proxy for the effectiveness of health systems — is dropping to levels last seen in the 1990s.”

via Mail & Guardian

Failing to prepare for dignified COVID-19 burials: Disrupted grieving, unnecessary suffering

“My fear is that countries will neglect to plan for how they will manage the dead during a COVID-19 surge. This would lead to preventable and unnecessary suffering for the families of the deceased. Planning is critical not just to save lives but ensure the dead are respectfully handled so families can mourn.”

via African Arguments

The Case for Cash Transfers—Beyond COVID-19—Gains Strength: New Data on Comparative Cost-Effectiveness

“Cash transfers can help replace lost income when work is disrupted by public health measures, economic contraction, or caregiving needs. Cash payments can also help stimulate local economic activity and can be relatively quickly deployed—particularly when compared to other forms of support.”

via Center for Global Development