Coronavirus: Which African airlines are taking off and when?

“After more than three months without flying, airline companies are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Since 25 June, Royal Air Maroc began operating a portion of its domestic flights (Agadir, Dakhla, Laâyoune and Oujda) from its Casablanca hub, followed by its other hubs, Marrakech and Tangier. The low-cost airline Air Arabia Maroc will also resume operations on the same date.”

via The Africa Report

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

How Mauritius’ unique political culture helped it beat COVID-19

“In asking Mauritians to obey the measures, the government benefited from a long-standing culture that frequently calls on people to act in the interests of national unity.”

via African Arguments

Why the COVID Crisis Is Not Edtech’s Moment in Africa

“A new database published by the ‘EdTech Hub’ shows that though use of edtech products serving African countries has doubled in the last month, the total number of users is still very low, and most were viewers of one TV show. That, coupled with the fact that most firms come from just a few countries, suggests that edtech in Africa is far from maturity.”

via Center for Global Development

Informal traders: a balancing act of survival

“Since COVID-19, small-scale traders have started to aggregate their goods, and pay a bundle of fees to truck drivers for transportation and clearance. For this reason, prices of key staples such as rice, tomatoes and peppers, have jumped about 50% in local border towns in Ghana.”

via African Business Magazine

Coronavirus in Africa: Prison fever

“What are the consequences of the pandemic on the living conditions in African prisons?”

via Prison Insider

The problem with predicting coronavirus apocalypse in Africa

“Despite the massive crisis the West is experiencing, some Western thought leaders continue to insist that a whole continent of 54 countries will collectively and inevitably experience apocalypse as a result of a virus outbreak. Indeed, the white gaze knows no rest, even amid a pandemic that has struck the West.”

via Al Jazeera

Ethiopian Airlines Ready to Be Savior to Fellow African Carriers

“Ethiopian Airlines Group is prepared to come to the rescue of stricken carriers around Africa, even as the continent’s biggest airline deals with its own mounting losses and grounded planes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

via Bloomberg

Are African Countries Easing Lockdown Too Early?

“Many are replacing lockdowns with curfews and mandatory facemasks in public spaces alongside the basic social distancing measures, while pushing up domestic production by local textiles and apparel factories to repurpose as well as small-scale tailors to meet demand for masks.”

via Development Reimagined

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