Analysis & Opinion

COVID-19: Why Rwanda is a model country as Kenya flounders

“Timely interventions, meticulous contact tracing and scaled-up testing has seen Rwanda emerge as a model of COVID-19 handling in the region as it recorded only three deaths, even as it slowly reopens its economy.”

via The East African

Interview with Gwen K. Young: Gender Impacts of COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa

Gwen K. Young, President of Balance Up Leadership, talks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on women and what governments and others can do to develop response plans that promote women’s economic and social wellbeing.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

How Has COVID-19 Impacted the Nigerian Capital Markets? An Interview with NSE CEO Oscar N. Onyema

The CEO of The Nigerian Stock Exchange, Oscar N. Onyema, talks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about how the exchange has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

In Africa, a lack of data raises fears of ‘silent epidemic’

“Africa could face a ‘silent epidemic’ if its leaders do not prioritize testing for the new coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. Just over 420 tests per 100,000 people have been carried out across the continent of 1.3 billion, a Reuters analysis found.”

via Reuters

Well-coordinated regional plans are crucial to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa

“Regional responses to the pandemic are essential, and although regions acted quickly, results have been mixed.”

via Daily Maverick

They survived Ebola. Now they want to teach others to survive COVID-19.

“Communities for whom the devastation of the Ebola outbreak was still fresh feared what might happen if COVID-19 reached their countries.”

via African Arguments

Best Practices from Africa: Collaboration in the Time of COVID-19

“Our vision is that this innovative Africa Medical Supplies Platform initiative will help enable African governments to urgently access much needed life-saving supplies. In the process, we all have drawn upon best practices and difficult lessons learned so far across the world.”

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

In Burkina Faso, violence and COVID-19 push children out of school and into harm’s way

“As jihadist-linked violence surges in Burkina Faso, children are facing particularly severe hardships: more than half of the roughly one million Burkinabe now displaced across the country are 18 and under, and many have been forced out of school by attacks and threats from extremists.”

via The New Humanitarian

The Initial Policy Response to COVID-19 from African Central Banks

In response to COVID-19, African central banks have deployed a variety of monetary policy tools, including lowering policy rates, reducing capital requirements, providing various liquidity support measures to the banking sector, allowing loan deferrals and refinancing frameworks for distressed firms, and introducing new support measures mobile money and digital finance.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Riding the COVID-19 economic storm

“The economic fallout for the continent from COVID-19 is likely to be severe and enduring. This burden falls heavily on countries with a high dependence on commodity exports to China, weak sovereign balance sheets, high debt burdens, and volatile currencies, among other external fragilities.”

via African Business Magazine