News & Analysis: Niger

COVID-19 shuts Niger Assembly as Speaker Wuse, Clerk test positive

“The Speaker of the Niger House of Assembly, Bawa Wuse and the Clerk, Mohammed Kagara, have gone into isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. Alhaji Mohammed Idris, the state Commissioner of Information and Strategy, confirmed the development to newsmen Sunday night in Minna.”

via PM News

Majority of Africans would take a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine

“A survey conducted by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has shown that a predominant majority (79% average) of respondents in Africa would take a COVID-19 vaccine if it were deemed safe and effective.”

via Africa CDC

To Better Address the COVID-19 Crisis, Niger Should Focus on Health Measures and on Protecting Jobs and Livelihoods

“According to the World Bank’s latest Economic and Poverty Update for Niger published, the COVID-19 pandemic has a significant impact on the economy and could trigger a recession if the many downside risks to economic activity materialize.”

via World Bank

IMF Executive Board Completes Sixth Review Under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement for Niger and Approves a US$19.9 Million Disbursement

“The need to protect the economy and vulnerable populations in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic justifies larger fiscal deficits in 2020 and 2021. However, to safeguard Niger’s public finances, it will be important to guard against high deficits becoming entrenched, step up revenue collection, improve the quality of public spending, and ensure good management of forthcoming additional oil revenues.”

via IMF

IMF Reaches Staff Level Agreement on the Sixth Review for Niger’s Extended Credit Facility Arrangement

“The authorities’ COVID-19 response plan largely contained the pandemic and helped alleviate its socio-economic impact. Economic growth is projected to recover, but uncertainty remains high owing to the global economic outlook.”

via IMF

IDA: Securing a more resilient future in fragile and conflict-affected settings

“Under the 18th replenishment of IDA, which ended in June, the World Bank has more than doubled its support in fragile and conflict-affected situations over three years, from $10.2 billion to $23 billion. Thanks to this, over 38 million people have accessed essential health services, more than 15 million children have been immunized, and over 17 million people have benefitted from social safety net programs.”

via World Bank

Extremism, Displacement, and COVID-19 in the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin

“The challenges of displacement and extremism in sub-Saharan Africa are not novel, but the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating them and exposing operational weaknesses in response.”

via International Peace Institute

Africa’s top 10 COVID-19 hotspots face virus storm

“The World Health Organisation has warned that the coronavirus pandemic could overwhelm already strained public health systems in Africa. Despite considerable investments in the past five months, Africa’s healthcare infrastructure remains gravely inadequate. The average doctor to patient ratio of 1:5,000 is still far short of the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended proportion of 1:1,000.”

via The East African

Niger: World Bank Approves $250 Million to Boost Long-Term Growth

“The World Bank Board of Directors today approved a total amount of $250 million in International Development Association credit and grant to help Niger develop its human capital and to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19.”

via World Bank

The promise of digitising cash transfers in sub-Saharan Africa during COVID-19 and beyond

“This year, the coronavirus pandemic has forced governments to grapple with difficult questions regarding lockdowns, contact tracing and the provision of emergency financial assistance to citizens now without work. In developing countries, these hardships are magnified with the World Bank estimating that remittances – money transfers sent from foreign workers to their home countries – to low and middle-income countries (LMICs) are projected to fall by 19.7 percent (from $554 billion in 2019 to $445 billion in 2020). Considering the significant role that remittances play in alleviating poverty and improving nutrition, many governments have turned to mobile cash transfers for vulnerable citizens to use while minimising COVID-19 exposure.”

via Africa Portal