Analysis & Opinion

Not much give from China in its relationship with Africa

“Despite a warm African response to the recent ‘Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against COVID-19’, not much new came out of the virtual meeting. Crucially, there was no movement on cancellation of the $150bn in concessional loan debt.”


IMF Press Conference on the Regional Economic Outlook Update for Sub-Saharan Africa

“Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy is now expected to contract by 3.2 percent in 2020, this is double the contraction we expected in April. It represents by far the worst performance on record. It implies a 7 percentage points swing from the growth we were expecting prior to the crisis for 2020.”

via IMF

Interview with Betty Wilkinson: Financial Stress and Pathways for COVID-19 Resilience in Zambia

Betty Wilkinson, CEO, Financial Sector Deepening Zambia, speaks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about the economic impacts of the pandemic in Zambia and the way her group and others are responding.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Energy can power Africa’s recovery from pandemic and recession

“Economic development starts with access to modern energy. It underpins vital food supplies, powers homes and hospitals, and enables people to work, study and travel. But the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 crisis threaten to make it increasingly difficult to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goal of bringing affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy to all.”

via The Africa Report

These health workers are more likely to die from COVID-19. Unions say not enough is being done to stop it

“Not all hospitals and clinics are taking steps to protect high-risk staff from the new coronavirus, say unions. People aged 50 or older are almost 10 times as likely to die from COVID-19 than otherwise healthy younger people, according to recently released figures from the Western Cape health department.”

via Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism

Is More Poverty in Africa an Inevitable Outcome of COVID-19?

“African countries do have the tools to continue manage COVID-19 without seeing escalating numbers of people in poverty. But their financial constraints are the key barrier to making that happen. But any extra finance that can be provided to African countries – whether through grants or debt payment holidays – will go a long, long way.”

via Development Reimagined

COVID-19 deepens the educational divide

“There are an estimated 258-million children, adolescents and youth not in school across the globe. Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 31% of them.”

via Mail & Guardian

‘I get nothing at the end of the day’ – Taxi drivers in South Africa

“Taxi drivers say the constraints implemented to curb the spread of COVID-19 have made it near impossible to eke out a living, especially after handing over the lion’s share of their earnings to their bosses. Despite being the backbone of South Africa’s public transport system, taxi drivers like the rest of the country’s informal workforce have been left to fend for themselves.”

via Mail & Guardian

Crafting a framework for Africa’s COVID-19 vaccine access

“Drastic measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, such as strict lockdowns, are not sustainable on many parts of the African continent because of crowded living conditions and the need to keep economies afloat. That’s why an effective vaccine is one of the best chances African countries have to return to normalcy, experts said this week.”

via Devex

Coronavirus: Which African airlines are taking off and when?

“After more than three months without flying, airline companies are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Since 25 June, Royal Air Maroc began operating a portion of its domestic flights (Agadir, Dakhla, Laâyoune and Oujda) from its Casablanca hub, followed by its other hubs, Marrakech and Tangier. The low-cost airline Air Arabia Maroc will also resume operations on the same date.”

via The Africa Report