News & Analysis: Djibouti

The Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak on Governance, Peace, and Security in the Horn of Africa

“COVID-19-related containment measures—together with the global recession, lower oil prices and damage to agriculture from locusts and flooding—are increasing poverty levels and jeopardizing livelihoods.”

via African Union and UNDP

Djibouti: African Development Fund commits $41.16 million in grants to shore up COVID-19 response

“The African Development Bank on Friday approved grants worth about $41.16 million to Djibouti to bolster the national budget in support of government efforts to mitigate national and regional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

via AfDB

Is Africa drowning in COVID-19 debt?

“Our analysis shows that the total debt repayments owed by African countries in 2018 were 1.4 times larger than the budgets that African countries have now put aside to address the effects of COVID19 (which, incidentally, have risen by US$9bn since our last estimate two weeks ago, to US$53bn in total now).”

via Development Reimagined

Twenty-nine African states have sought Russia’s help in fight against pandemic

“The DRC has received more than 28,000 units of expendable materials for labs and over 8,000 individual protection means. Djibouti has received multi-purpose medial modules, tents and components for building two mobile health units, South Africa and Guinea have received testing systems.”

via Tass

COVID-19: The Impact on China-Africa Debt

“China is widely regarded as Africa’s largest bilateral creditor. The Chinese government, banks and state-owned enterprises are estimated to hold 17 percent to 24 percent of Africa’s external debt. But African countries also owe money to other governments, to multilaterals, and to the private sector. The latter is estimated to hold 30 percent of Africa’s total external debt, upward of $130 billion.”

via The Diplomat

COVID-19 Outbreak in Nigeria Is Just One of Africa’s Alarming Hot Spots

“Officially, Kano has reported 753 cases and 33 deaths attributed to the virus. But in reality, the metropolis is experiencing a major, unchecked outbreak, according to doctors and public health experts. It could be one of the continent’s worst.”

via New York Times

Meeting Africa’s urgent liquidity needs while protecting its access to international markets

“A solution to finance Africa’s commercial debt service could free up over $44bn of fiscal space for Africa in 2020, providing immediate liquidity to governments – a much needed immediate bridge to renewed growth for Africa and the global economy.”

via New African Magazine

African COVID-19 Aid Re-Emerges as a Top Chinese Foreign Policy Priority

“China’s once again ramping up its COVID-19 donation diplomacy efforts in Africa. After dialing down their efforts for a couple of weeks, the pace of announcements of new medical team deployments, PPE donations and charitable contributions from Chinese private sector stakeholders have all gone up considerably this week.”

via The China Africa Project

COVID-19 Poses Formidable Threat for Fragile States in the Middle East and North Africa

“As export earnings suffer and social distancing reduces domestic activity, incomes will decline—especially for informal and low-skilled workers, including within large internally displaced populations and refugees.”

via IMF

Lessons from the 1918-1919 Spanish Flu Pandemic in Africa

“While both the pandemic of 1918 and COVID-19 are respiratory diseases largely spread through the air by coughing or sneezing, the two pandemics are different in important ways. The H1N1 influenza strain of 1918 had a very short incubation period—just 1 to 2 days—whereas the coronavirus incubation can stretch up to 2 weeks, and its spread is facilitated by asymptomatic carriers.”

via Africa Center for Strategic Studies