News & Analysis: Mozambique

Poverty eradication in Mozambique: Progress and challenges amid COVID-19

“Poverty has improved over the past 20 years; however, the COVID-19 pandemic jeopardises the gains achieved, pushing people into extreme poverty.”

via International Growth Centre

The truth about Africa’s ‘debt problem’ with China

“As more African countries have looked to China for financing and technical support to rapidly boost infrastructural development, there have been loud musings about the scale of China’s lending to African countries as well as the Asian giant’s motives.”

via Quartz Africa

Africa slowly returns to business as usual

“Governments across the continent are beginning to shift responsibility for public health on to companies and individuals as they seek to restart their economies after months of disruption.”

via Control Risks Group

Finding the Balance: Public Health and Social Measures in Mozambique

“While the total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Mozambique is low, new reported cases have been rapidly accelerating since late July, as mobility gradually approaches pre-COVID-19 levels. A phased reopening plan may result in further increases in transmission.”

via Africa CDC

COVID-19 in the Deep Rural Areas of Mozambique

“This year an estimated 1.6 million people in Mozambique face severe food insecurity. To make matters worse, business relies on a steady stream of vehicles going down to the capital, Maputo; a stream that has slowed down, almost to a halt. After all, this is the third month of the COVID-19 declared state of emergency.”

via African Arguments

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

Southern Africa: Why risk financing is critically important during COVID-19 recovery

“We don’t know how long the COVID-19 pandemic will last, but the prospect of finding an effective vaccine is likely. In contrast, the risk of climatic shocks remains. Many countries in the Southern Africa region have taken the first steps in increasing their financial preparedness to respond to shocks.”

via World Bank

External debt complicates Africa’s COVID-19 recovery

“For sub-Saharan African economies, interest repayments constitute the highest expenditure portion – and fastest-growing expenditure – of budgets.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

The pandemic appears to have spared Africa so far. Scientists are struggling to explain why.

“Although Africa reported its millionth official COVID-19 case last week, it seems to have weathered the pandemic relatively well so far, with fewer than one confirmed case for every thousand people and just 23,000 deaths so far. Yet several antibody surveys suggest far more Africans have been infected with the coronavirus—a discrepancy that is puzzling scientists around the continent.”

via Science

Mozambique announces another 30 days of state of emergency

“Religious gathering with no more than 50 people will also be allowed from Aug. 18. In phase two, starting from September, cinemas, casinos, gyms, and driving schools will reopen. Phase three concerns activities considered high risk. Starting on Oct. 30, Grade 12 classes will be resumed, while other grades will be resumed as soon as sanitation conditions are qualified.”

via The New Times