News & Analysis: Mozambique

Coronavirus in Africa: Prison fever

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

via Prison Insider

Macro Notes: BoP Shocks in Sub-Saharan Africa

“External deficits will likely persist despite significantly weaker domestic demand and import compression. Although SSA countries export a diverse range of commodities, prices for most major exports have fallen in recent months.”

via IIF

Coronavirus border closures strand tens of thousands of people across Africa

“Tens of thousands of migrants are trapped in dangerous conditions at frontiers, mines, ports and in transit camps across Africa after states shut their borders in an attempt to stem the spread of COVID-19.”

via The Guardian (Nigeria)

Mozambique’s response to COVID-19: Challenges and questions

“Within a couple of days of the first case of COVID-19 being reported in Mozambique, the government put into place a stringent set of rules to control mobility. All sports and cultural activities were suspended, several workers were asked to work remotely, and gatherings of more than ten people were banned.”

via International Growth Centre

Maximizing Impact: How the GFF Trust Fund Complements and Adds Value to IDA

“As a country-driven multi-stakeholder partnership and platform, the GFF supports governments in bringing partners together around a common set of priorities with focus on results; this leads to synergies being identified between IDA funding and the financing of other development partners, which enable the IDA financing to achieve more and stronger results in aggregate.”

via World Bank

COVID-19: A test for Russia’s African ambitions

“Russia has far closer long-term partnerships with Egypt, Algeria, and Morocco than other African countries. These relationships are built on arrangements such as arms sales, the construction of nuclear power plants, oil and gas projects, and agricultural exports.”

via European Council on Foreign Relations

IMF Executive Board Approves US$309 Million in Emergency Assistance to Mozambique to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

“The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund today approved a disbursement under the Rapid Credit Facility of SDR 227.2 million (about US$ 309 million at today’s exchange rate) to help Mozambique meet urgent balance of payment and fiscal needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

via IMF

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

Debt relief for pain relief: Public finances and COVID-19 in low-income countries

“Now, the World Bank and IMF have called on bilateral creditors to support debt relief. This is urgently needed as low-income countries are at an immediate risk of a debt crisis whilst simultaneously facing an urgent need to support public health needs and their economy. The COVID-19 pandemic is a global challenge which requires international cooperation and coordination.”

via International Growth Centre