Analysis & Opinion

‘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

Conversations with Michael Milken: The World Bank’s Jingdong Hua

“I certainly hope this is a unique moment where we will have profound conversations, not only about our own lessons or our own challenges, but about the future of humanity….This lockdown gives us the opportunity to have long conversations that otherwise would not have happened.”

via Milken Institute

Africa needs its own ‘repo’ market

“Many African countries face a vicious cycle: lack of market access due to rising spreads at a time when they need it most and consequently weaker investment and growth potential — in some cases the ugly spectre of downgrades, defaults and debt restructuring may follow. An SPV funded by a major central bank could help break this pernicious pattern and create a virtuous circle for countries with sustainable macroeconomic fundamentals.”

via Financial Times

In epidemics, our health facilities can become hotspots. Here’s what to do about it.

“Health facilities can be prone to outbreaks of both, as well as other infectious diseases because large numbers of sick and vulnerable people usually spend long hours in crowded, poorly ventilated corridors and waiting areas where— ideal conditions for passing bacteria or viruses from one person to the next.”

via Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism

Coronavirus: How Africa’s supply chains are evolving

“The coronavirus lockdown measures imposed by governments around the world have caused severe disruption to supply chains.”

via BBC

Food and Leadership: The Scarce Ingredients of Survival during the COVID-19 Crisis in Kenya

“There are many young Kenyans, and many more around the youthful continent of Africa, who without obligation to do so are emerging to offer leadership during this COVID-19 crisis. The Food4Education was founded by Wawira Njiru, a young Kenyan nutritionist and food scientist and the first ever Global Citizen Prize winner because of her work with Food4Education.”

via African Leadership Centre

Coronavirus: Now is the time to invest in Africa’s creative industries

“Despite the effects of COVID-19, Africa’s young creative industries remain ripe for investment opportunities. African music, film, and fashion continue to gain global popularity, with companies like Netflix and Universal Music Group expanding their presence on the continent.”

via The Africa Report

Including Immigrants is Good Policy Not Just During the Pandemic, but Afterwards Too

“Amidst the pandemic, inclusion is both the moral approach and essential to a robust and effective response that protects citizens. Singapore provides a cautionary tale.”


Nine things to know about Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine trial

“South Africa might be taking a small step towards eradicating COVID-19 when the country enrolls its first participant in a COVID-19 vaccine trial — the continent’s first. A vaccine developed by Oxford University will be tested on 2 000 trial volunteers… Wondering why we’re doing a trial in the first place? Or how and when we’ll know if the vaccine being tested has been successful? We answer nine questions you may have.”

via Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism

Africa Is More Resilient Than You Think

“Despite apocalyptic predictions, Africa may be better positioned than many think to weather the combined shock of the COVID-19 pandemic, collapsing commodity prices, and global economic recession, assuming its leaders act wisely. While African economies’ performance has varied, overall progress during the last two decades has made the continent more resilient than ever before.”

via Project Syndicate