News & Analysis: Kenya

Should “formalization” be part of the post-COVID-19 economic agenda?

“‘Informality’ is the outcome of systemic dysfunction and trade realities. It is the result of weak market governance, not the cause. Platforms can and often do create marginally better work opportunities for atomized, informal workers. What they do not and cannot do is to fix endemic productivity challenges.”

via African Arguments

Curve flattening? Kenya records 48 new virus cases, 176 recoveries

“Kenya on Monday recorded one of the lowest figures in recent months after the Health ministry confirmed 48 new cases of COVID-19. This raised the country’s total to 36,205 from a sample of 1,081 tested in the last 24 hours.”

via The Star (Kenya)

Surveys show just how unprepared African countries were for COVID-19 lockdowns

“On average, only 24% of households across the 34 African countries analyzed met all three criteria of readiness: availability of key amenities, availability of media devices and phones. and ownership of savings accounts or rate of formal employment.”

via Quartz Africa

Kemri becomes regional lab for COVID-19 (Kenya)

“Laboratories at the Kenya Medical Research Institute will now sequence the genomes of COVID-19 viruses collected from neighbouring countries in East Africa. The institute has joined a network of 12 specialised laboratories that will provide sequencing, data analysis and other technical support services to countries that have no capacity.”

via The Star (Kenya)

Combining new and traditional mechanisms in Northern Kenya to cope during COVID-19

“The combination of a safety net provided by the government and the skills, agency, social capital and business networks developed through the Building Livelihoods programme has given beneficiaries a stronger asset base on which to survive. It has also enabled them to leverage opportunities to earn income, even in the current restricted environment.”

via FSD Kenya

Africa’s agricultural sector faces up to COVID-19 crisis

“African farmers have begun to experiment with apps and new technologies. Meanwhile, policymakers and relief organisations are refocusing on food production and provision. Pioneering policymakers are prioritising food security and shifting to clean energy sources, such as hydroelectric and solar.”

via African Business Magazine

Kenyan cops cash in on COVID-19

“In Kenya, not wearing a mask in public carries a penalty of 20,000 shillings or six months imprisonment. Since the onset of COVID-19, the government has used the police to enforce health regulations — which has not gone well on several occasions.”

via Mail & Guardian

Missing datasets

“Data on morbidity and mortality from non-COVID-19 causes but due to COVID lockdowns is largely missing. Data on the number of women who faced domestic abuse, and children who were sexually abused, is missing. Data on the response by governments to these women and children is, of course, also missing.”

via Africa is a Country

The AfCFTA’s effects on trade and wages in Africa

“AfCFTA, if implemented fully, could boost regional income by $450 billion, bring 30 million people out of extreme poverty, and raise the incomes of 68 million others who live on less than $5.50 a day.”

via Brookings Institution

WHO clarifies declining COVID-19 cases in Kenya doesn’t mean country’s curve is flattening

“The World Health Organisation has dismissed reports that the COVID-19 curve in Kenya is flattening, saying there is not enough data to support such a claim. According to the WHO, COVID-19 has been behaving abnormally compared to how a pandemic normally would.”

via Tuko