News & Analysis: Central African Republic

Central African Republic: World Bank Group launches New Country Partnership Framework, and provides immediate support to economic recovery

“The new Country Partnership Framework aims to boost stabilization, inclusion and resilience, while building state legitimacy and fostering growth. During the five-year period, the WBG will invest in human capital, connectivity, economic management and governance.”

via World Bank

The Day After COVID-19: Overcoming the Novel Coronavirus double jeopardy in Central Africa

“Central Africa countries announced various stimulus packages to alleviate the impact of the crisis on the population and on the economy. However, those measures had only redistributive impacts in the very short term, without significant effect on the overall production level.”

via CNBC Africa

COVID-19 and the challenge of African borderlands

“Borderlands are especially vulnerable to the negative impacts of disease control measures, in particular those that restrict movement and hinder informal trade. In the haste to combat the disease, these measures are not always justified by an analysis of the trade-offs between protecting public health and ensuring that people are able to meet their basic food and protection needs.”

via UNDP

COVID-19: When saving fewer lives is the right thing to do

“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a difficult ethical choice to medics around the world. When you can’t save everyone, who do you prioritise?”

via The New Humanitarian

The economic resilience of African countries offers a template for growth in a post-COVID-19 era

“As Africa braces for a head-on collision with coronavirus with the World Bank announcing its first recession in 25 years, the continent can eventually look forward to many post-COVID-19 recovery and growth narratives. Public and private leaders should draw on past experiences to face the economic challenges of COVID-19.”

via Quartz Africa

The global child mortality rate could rise for the first time in more than 60 years, experts warn

“Fear is another lethal hazard of this pandemic, blocking the youngest patients from basic care as everyday medical appointments grind to a halt across Africa, South America and southeast Asia. Such disruptions could fuel the first rise in the global child mortality rate since doctors began tracking it in 1960, according to a report published Tuesday in the Lancet Global Health journal.”

via Washington Post

Are African Countries Easing Lockdown Too Early?

“Many are replacing lockdowns with curfews and mandatory facemasks in public spaces alongside the basic social distancing measures, while pushing up domestic production by local textiles and apparel factories to repurpose as well as small-scale tailors to meet demand for masks.”

via Development Reimagined

COVID-19: A test for Russia’s African ambitions

“Russia has far closer long-term partnerships with Egypt, Algeria, and Morocco than other African countries. These relationships are built on arrangements such as arms sales, the construction of nuclear power plants, oil and gas projects, and agricultural exports.”

via European Council on Foreign Relations

The Central African Republic to Strengthen Preparedness and Response to Coronavirus

“The World Bank approved today a grant of $7.5 million… to help the Central African Republic respond to the threat posed by the Coronavirus outbreak and strengthen national systems for public health preparedness. The COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Project will provide immediate support to the Central African Republic to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through containment strategies and by strengthening the public health emergency response.”

via World Bank

Living with the virus

“But cautious optimism should be the watchword – some experts claim that the disease is secretly coiling its way through African societies and that when it raises itself to its full dreadful height, a nightmare could ensue.”

via New African