Analysis & Opinion

Is the World Bank’s COVID-19 Crisis Lending Big Enough, Fast Enough? New Evidence on Loan Disbursements

“The pace of World Bank lending appears incommensurate to the scale of the crisis: while the Bank forecasts a 4.1 percent decline in GDP growth between 2019 and 2020 in the median low- income country, World Bank disbursements in 2020 have risen by just 0.3% of GDP by comparison.”

via Center for Global Development

Conflict during COVID-19: Averting a legitimacy and debt crisis in Africa?

“The combination of the COVID-19 pandemic, rising conflict, and escalating debt in Africa is a toxic cocktail that could soon implode. Governments and multilateral lenders need to work out pragmatic ways to neutralise and navigate out of the crisis.”

via International Growth Centre

African women, children pay the highest price to COVID-19

“Reductions in the use of maternal and child health services due to the pandemic are a tragedy of yet unforeseen proportions. Until risk management and mitigation strategies are put in place at all levels of the health system, the indirect impacts of COVID-19 on women and children will be overwhelming.”

via The New Times

Overcrowding and pandemic risk hotspots in Rwanda

“The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a spotlight on urban density, particularly in developing cities, where overcrowding in unplanned settlements makes it near impossible to practice adequate social distancing. Evidence has shown that overcrowding – and not density – is a risk factor for respiratory diseases such as COVID-19.”

via International Growth Centre

Latest COVID-19 stats aren’t cause for panic, but we must take note

“With 2,000 cases daily for the first time since September 21, it’s a reminder that coronavirus hasn’t gone away.”

via Sunday Times

COVID-19 increased Nigerians’ health awareness

“A health and wellness expert, Ms Chiamaka Oragwu, said that COVID-19 increased people’s awareness about their health and the need to stay healthy. ‘Before COVID-19, a lot of people were ignorant about their health, but when the virus came with intensity, people began to buy fruits and vegetables,’ Oragwu says.”

via Vanguard (Nigeria)

Changes in Energy Sector Financing During COVID-19: Lessons from the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

“Despite the importance of the energy sector in the context of a pandemic, energy investments during and post-Ebola declined sharply.”

via Sustainable Energy for All

IMF special drawing rights offer Africa a lifeline

“African economies, hit simultaneously by COVID-19 and low commodity prices, are facing a deadly liquidity crisis as governments desperately try to shore up crumbling economies. But there is a neat solution to their problems – IMF Special Drawing Rights.”

via African Business Magazine

Scientists on how Africa has so far weathered the worst of COVID-19’s health impact

“In many African countries, COVID-19 severity and mortality has been much lower than originally predicted based on experience in China and Europe. Africa’s much younger population explains a very large part of the apparent difference. Some of the remaining gap is probably due to under reporting of events but there are a number of other plausible explanations.”

via Quartz Africa

COVID-19 is showing us how to improve health systems—sometimes by disrupting them

“Amidst all of the tragedy this pandemic has unleashed, something else is happening, too: By forcing governments and others to really look at health systems, it’s revealing opportunities for change.”

via Gates Foundation