Analysis & Opinion

Sub-Saharan Africa: The devastating impact of conflicts compounded by COVID-19

“Across the region, the devastating impact of armed conflict in countries such as Ethiopia, Mozambique, Cameroon, and Nigeria, was compounded by the pandemic as a number of states weaponized it to crack down on human rights. The crackdowns included killings of civilians and arrests of opposition politicians and supporters and human rights defenders and activists in countries such as Angola, Guinea, and Uganda.”

via Amnesty International

The Risks We See and Those We Don’t: A Heads-Up to African Countries

“No serious debt sustainability analysis, and indeed no pre-emptive re-profiling of external debt, is possible without transparency concerning loan agreements,” writes Prof. Danny Leipziger.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Global Financing to End the Pandemic

“Such an unprecedented global undertaking requires strong cooperation, including financial support. Yet the urgency should be clear to all. As long as COVID-19 persists at high rates of transmission anywhere in the world, the pandemic will continue to disrupt global production, trade, and travel, and will also give rise to viral mutations that threaten to undermine previously acquired immunity from past infections and vaccinations.”

via Project Syndicate

The impact of COVID-19 on journalists in Africa

“The global media landscape has changed over the past 10 years with journalism facing a range of problems such as the disruption in traditional media as a result of the fast changing digital space, to fake news and the rising distrust in journalism. When COVID-19 hit, it exacerbated these and other existing problems within the journalism industry.”

Keys to African recovery: Vaccines, debt, and commodities

“Bold actions on governance by African countries will help reignite growth over the medium run. But to avoid a catastrophe in the short run, urgent action is needed by the international community on widening access to vaccines and debt relief.”

via Atlantic Council

COVID-19 and Governance in Africa: Threats, Opportunities, and the Way Forward

“The pandemic has exposed fundamental challenges of development in a weak institutional environment and the shortcomings of weak structures and leadership at all levels of governance.”

via African Center for Economic Transformation

Vaccines for Africa is a matter of global security, says Mo Ibrahim Foundation

“The continent is home to 17% of the world’s population and yet accounts for just 0.5% of global vaccine distribution, according to the latest data.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Please keep your loans, Kenyans tell IMF

“According to an Infotrak study on Kenyans’ perception on foreign debt, 81 percent of Kenyans are angry, fearful or anxious because of the country’s ballooning debt, while 62 percent do not approve of regular borrowing from foreign sources. Meanwhile, 52 percent of Kenyans rate the government’s handling of its borrowed funds as poor, while 76 percent believe Kenya gets most of her foreign loans from China.”

via Daily Nation

New COVID-19 variants have changed the game, and vaccines will not be enough. We need global ‘maximum suppression’

“New ‘variants of concern’ have emerged and spread worldwide, putting current pandemic control efforts, including vaccination, at risk of being derailed. Put simply, the game has changed, and a successful global rollout of current vaccines by itself is no longer a guarantee of victory.”

via The Conversation

New COVID-19 variants have changed the game, and vaccines will not be enough. We need global ‘maximum suppression’

“If there are high transmission levels and extensive replication of SARS-CoV-2, anywhere in the world, more variants of concern will inevitably arise and the more infectious variants will dominate. With international mobility, these variants will spread.”

via The Conversation