News & Analysis: Gambia

African Development Bank approves $53 million COVID-19 response grant for Gambia, Liberia, and Sierra Leone

“The African Development Bank’s Board of Directors on Friday approved a UA 38.15 million ($53.25 million) multi-country grant to The Gambia, Liberia and Sierra Leone in the form of direct budget support to bolster efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the three West African countries.”

via AfDB

‘The pandemic is gaining momentum’: Africa prepares for surge in infections

“After months in which Africa escaped the worst of the coronavirus pandemic as the global centre shifted from Asia to Europe and then to the Americas, the number of African infections — and deaths — has begun to increase sharply.”

via Financial Times

How 7 African scientists got stranded at sea after COVID-19

“When virus broke out, 21 scientists from Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, the Gambia and Spain were already partway through a voyage off the coast of northwest Africa.”

via The Star (Kenya)

African countries drop COVID-19 curbs in effort to limit economic harm

“Many governments lifted the strictest restrictions several weeks ago, but most recognise that weak health systems are unlikely to be able to cope with a big wave of infections. Many are seeking local solutions to contain specific outbreaks.”

via The Guardian

COVID-19: African Development Bank mobilizes $22 million for low-income ECOWAS countries

“The Bank is making $22.4 million available for the project, approved by the Board on May 22. Part of the funding, $9.55 million, will provide screening tests, laboratory equipment, ventilators and personal protective equipment for medical personnel in the three countries. The remaining $12.83 million will be used to strengthen and integrate the health systems of Gambia, Mali and Niger to better address the pandemic.”

via AfDB

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

COVID-19 in Africa: Youth Perspectives

“This crisis is affecting everyone, but young people will be particularly impacted given the strain on job creation which we expect to see in the aftermath.”

via Mo Ibrahim Foundation

COVID-19 Impact on Africa Elections

“Leaders are now facing a Cornelian dilemma: to organize elections and raise the risk of spreading the pandemic, or to postpone the election and face accusations of authoritarianism. It is like choosing between two important rights, now in a situation of obvious conflict.”

via The Cairo Review of Global Affairs

COVID-19: Impacts on African economies – economic challenges and social safety net responses

“This brief explores evidence on these effects and the most vulnerable countries in the ‘direct’ and ‘indirect’ categories. It also provides a summary of actions that African governments have taken as well as four ‘innovative ideas’ to consider in future, especially to continue poverty reduction and sustainable development, as part of Africa’s COVID-19 recovery plan and in partnership with development actors, including China.”

via PEGNet

19 years ago today, African countries vowed to spend 15% on health

“On 27 April 2001, exactly 19 years ago today, African governments made an historic pledge to allocate at least 15% of their annual budgets to the health sector. This vow became known as the Abuja Declaration. As COVID-19 spreads and wreak havoc across the world, the question must be asked: What became of it?”

via African Arguments