Analysis & Opinion

Ugandan economy suffers as second lockdown bites

“Second lockdown is poised to throw the economy, especially small-scale further into uncertainty.”

via The East African

Egypt: Overcoming the COVID-19 Shock and Maintaining Growth

“Egypt was one of the few emerging market countries that experienced a positive growth rate in 2020. As a result of the government’s swift and prudent policy response, coupled with IMF support, the Egyptian economy showed resilience in the face of the pandemic.”

via IMF

What Happened to Senegalese Students after the COVID-19 School Closure?

“Although the dropout rate has remained stable, repetition rates have increased significantly in Senegal. The high repetition rate is concerning, first because it translates to a lack of learning, and second because it will increase the age range of students in the next cohort.”

via Center for Global Development

A Pandemic of Vaccine and Technology Hoarding: Unmasking Global Inequality and Hypocrisy

“Intellectual property waivers are key to dismantling global vaccine apartheid and providing equitable vaccination to Africa and other continents. “

via The Cairo Review of Global Affairs

The G20 Must Act Now to Vaccinate the World

“The existing global effort to bring vaccine coverage to poor countries, known as the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) facility, has fallen disastrously short of what is needed.”

via Addis Fortune

World Bank Budget Support in the Time of COVID-19: Crisis Finance, with Strings Attached

“With the pandemic far from over, financing conditions could shift rapidly and bring many governments knocking on the World Bank’s door for budget support. The World Bank should rethink its approach to crisis response budget support operations going forward and pursue a policy agenda that directly advances governments’ pandemic response and recovery frameworks.”

via Center for Global Development

COVID-19: Africa plans a vaccine revolution

“Very few vaccines have found their way into the arms of Africans as countries struggle with a surge in COVID-19 infections. Several countries now want to start producing vaccines on the continent. Can they succeed?”

via Deutsche Welle

A One Health Approach to Combating COVID-19 and Illegal Wildlife Trade in Africa

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disastrous impact on the global economic and social fabric. Zoonotic disease spill-over from other species has become a familiar phenomenon, and the need for a more proactive approach to minimise exposure to and opportunities for spill-over is widely recognised.”


South Africa’s WTO ambassador on the logic behind a COVID-19 IP waiver

“South Africa, Mlumbi-Peter said, was fully aware that IP was not the only barrier to ramping up vaccine production. Voluntary licences, technology transfer and the sharing of clinical data as well as trade secrets could all play a part in what she called the toolkit of combating the pandemic.”

via Financial Times

South Sudan: Cutting aid will increase distrust in Africa’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout

“The G7 has promised to donate 1 billion Covid vaccine doses by the end of 2021. However, in South Sudan, COVID-19 restrictions, aid cuts and comments by European leaders have shattered trust in public health advice and encouraged vaccine hesitancy. Despite the rhetoric, donating vaccines while cutting aid may prove meaningless.”

via Africa at LSE