News & Analysis: Chad

Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 with First Hand Sanitizers Made in Chad

“Since spring 2020, it has become virtually impossible to find frontline protective products against the virus: gloves, face masks and bottles of hand sanitizer. This situation prompted Chad to launch its first ever production of these precious flasks.”

via World Bank

Life returning to normal in Africa, but virus fears linger

“While many nations ease their COVID-19 measures and citizens dare to breathe a little easier, experts are warning against letting the continent’s success lapse into complacency. The continent’s hardest-hit nation, South Africa has reeled under one of the world’s strictest lockdowns.”

via The East African

IDA: Securing a more resilient future in fragile and conflict-affected settings

“Under the 18th replenishment of IDA, which ended in June, the World Bank has more than doubled its support in fragile and conflict-affected situations over three years, from $10.2 billion to $23 billion. Thanks to this, over 38 million people have accessed essential health services, more than 15 million children have been immunized, and over 17 million people have benefitted from social safety net programs.”

via World Bank

The promise of digitising cash transfers in sub-Saharan Africa during COVID-19 and beyond

“This year, the coronavirus pandemic has forced governments to grapple with difficult questions regarding lockdowns, contact tracing and the provision of emergency financial assistance to citizens now without work. In developing countries, these hardships are magnified with the World Bank estimating that remittances – money transfers sent from foreign workers to their home countries – to low and middle-income countries (LMICs) are projected to fall by 19.7 percent (from $554 billion in 2019 to $445 billion in 2020). Considering the significant role that remittances play in alleviating poverty and improving nutrition, many governments have turned to mobile cash transfers for vulnerable citizens to use while minimising COVID-19 exposure.”

via Africa Portal

Financial, development and humanitarian arms provide $20 million to curb the impact of COVID-19 on refugees and their hosts in the Sahel

“Public health, the wellbeing of refugees and the host communities in the Sahel are at the heart of the latest tripartite agreement between the African Development Bank, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and the G5 Sahel signed today. The agreement enables a critical $20 million COVID-19 response across the five countries of the Sahel region.”

via AfDB

IMF Executive Board Approves an Additional US$68.49 Million Disbursement for Chad and Notes Cancellation of its Extended Credit Facility (ECF) Arrangement

“The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund today approved a disbursement under the Rapid Credit Facility for SDR 49.07 million (about US$ 68.49 million or 35 percent of quota).”

via IMF

IMF Staff Completes Discussions for an Additional US$68 Million Disbursement to Chad to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

“IMF staff completes discussions for a second disbursement under the Rapid Credit Facility to help Chad address the economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Chad’s economy has been severely impacted by the twin COVID-19 pandemic and terms of trade shocks.”

via IMF

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

Local Ownership of Peace Processes in African Countries in Times of COVID-19

“The nature and level of any impact COVID-19 will have on violent conflicts remain unknown. Popular response to the virus is currently complicating ongoing peace processes while ignoring the opportunities for collective action that builds on the resilience of communities that sustain peace processes.”

via African Arguments