News & Analysis: Guinea-Bissau

The pandemic is being used to erode democratic freedoms. Civil society must fight back.

“What has received less attention to date, but is equally as important, is the way that Covid-related restrictions are now being used to undermine democratic freedoms… In the midst of the pandemic, African opposition parties and civil society groups have little opportunity, tools or platforms with which to defend their hard-fought gains.”

via Mail & Guardian

IMF Executive Board Approves Immediate Debt Relief for 25 Countries

“Executive Board approved immediate debt service relief to 25 of the IMF’s member countries under the IMF’s revamped Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT) as part of the Fund’s response to help address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

via IMF

Innovations Needed to Prevent COVID-19 from Catching Fire in Africa’s Cities

” COVID-19 spreads at close range through respiratory droplets. Consequently, the most serious outbreaks of the pandemic have been seen in dense settings and close-knit social networks. With household and core urban densities among the world’s highest, African cities have the potential to serve as deadly incubators for the virus’s spread.”

via Africa Center for Strategic Studies