Analysis & Opinion

Opinion: How debt burdens could cripple Africa’s COVID-19 response

“Public health systems in Africa are so under-resourced that they spend just $100 per person on health each year, whereas rich countries spend twenty times that amount on average. COVID-19 has revealed some painful political and economic truths.”

via Devex

Rwanda’s successes and challenges in response to COVID-19

“After the first positive case of COVID-19 hit on March 8, there was little surprise that the government formed and implemented a robust nationwide response. The country’s timely reaction is aided by its previous success in combating Ebola from entering its borders in 2019.”

via Atlantic Council

Flattening the COVID-19 Curve in Developing Countries

“The more contained you want the novel coronavirus to be, the more you will need to lock down your country – and the more fiscal space you will require to mitigate the deeper recession that will result. The problem for most of the Global South is that policymakers lack fiscal space even in the best of times.”

via Project Syndicate

Safeguarding women’s rights during the COVID-19 shutdown

“As the coronavirus escalates its deadly journey across South Africa, the different effects on women and men are also becoming more apparent. Although men constitute more of those infected, women are much more likely to be the majority of those affected.”

via Mail & Guardian

Opinion: How to advocate effectively in the age of COVID-19

“As more of us face a life increasingly led online, pivoting to new kinds of digital communication will help us continue toward our development goals in the decade before the 2030 target of the SDGs. This comes with challenges, but it also comes with opportunities and benefits — democratizing advocacy to those less resourced or more distant.”

via Devex

COVID-19: Bold programmes are needed to mitigate the economic crisis

“The COVID-19 crisis is first and foremost a health and humanitarian crisis that we are all living through, which is likely to have lasting impacts on how we live. It is also likely to have a lasting impact, in the long term, on how we conduct our economic lives. In the short term, we need to urgently consider how we manage the economic impacts in a way that does the least long-term harm.”

via Daily Maverick

In Africa, social distancing is a privilege few can afford

“In South Africa – which declared a national state of disaster because of the pandemic last week – the working classes are navigating how to avoid contamination on cramped public transport on their way to meagre-paying jobs that often only help them live hand-to-mouth, while the more affluent classes empty large chain stores to stockpile as much food and toilet paper as they can.”

via Al Jazeera

Coronavirus: 5 key lessons from the 2014 Ebola outbreak

“When Ebola hit Liberia in 2014, W. Gyude Moore was working as deputy chief of staff for President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. He had a front row seat as the administration battled the virus; and has important messages for policy-makers in Africa as they confront the coronavirus pandemic.”

via The Africa Report

COVID-19 Has Forced Exams To Be Suspended Across West Africa. Should They Be Overhauled Before They Restart?

“Earlier today the West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) were suspended across Anglophone West Africa due to the threat of COVID-19. Students have been required to vacate schools, uncertain when they will return to earn their leaving credentials.”

via Center for Global Development

How One Small Change Could Better Prepare Africa for the Coronavirus

“The pandemic’s speed in reaching and spreading in Africa currently lags behind that of the developed world… But this does not mean our concern should be less urgent. Many of Africa’s health systems are already over-burdened with ongoing HIV and TB co-pandemics. COVID-19 will have disproportionate lethality on these vulnerable populations.”

via CFR