News & Analysis: Djibouti

Monitoring the Impact of COVID-19 on Households in Djibouti Through High Frequency Phone Surveys

“In Djibouti, food supply, being heavily dependent on imports, was reported to be affected by the households interviewed in this survey. Poor households experienced difficulty accessing basic goods to a slightly greater extent compared with non-poor households.”

via World Bank

The truth about Africa’s ‘debt problem’ with China

“As more African countries have looked to China for financing and technical support to rapidly boost infrastructural development, there have been loud musings about the scale of China’s lending to African countries as well as the Asian giant’s motives.”

via Quartz Africa

COVID-19 in the Horn of Africa: Political and Economic Impacts

“COVID-19 has in many ways pushed the political and economic capacities of states and societies in the Horn of Africa to their limits but has in the process also displayed their resilience.”

via Africa at LSE

External debt complicates Africa’s COVID-19 recovery

“For sub-Saharan African economies, interest repayments constitute the highest expenditure portion – and fastest-growing expenditure – of budgets.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Ethiopia resumes land, air transport services to Djibouti

“”Ethiopia has resumed air and land transportation services with Djibouti after undertaking close negotiations with its Djiboutian counterpart,” Dina Mufti, spokesperson for the Ethiopia Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told journalists.”

via The New Times

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