News & Analysis: Gambia

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

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 (Nigeria)

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

President Bio and ECOWAS leaders lay out strategy to combat COVID-19 in West Africa

“ECOWAS Heads of States, including president Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone who is currently on a 14 days self-isolation for covid-19, yesterday held an Extraordinary Summit Meeting via video conferencing to discuss how to combat the exponential spread of the virus across the region, with over 6,000 people now confirmed to have contracted the virus in West Africa.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

IMF Executive Board Approves a US$21.3 Million Disbursement to The Gambia

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund today approved a disbursement of SDR 15.55 million (about US$21.3 million or 25 percent of its SDR quota) for The Gambia under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF). The financing provided under the RCF will help the country meet its urgent balance-of-payments need as well as support the authorities’ efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and limit its adverse economic and social impacts.

via IMF