News & Analysis: Niger

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

Niger: $100 Million to Improve Decentralized Services and Management of the Extractive Sector During the COVID-19 Crisis

“The Governance of Extractives for Local Development (GOLD) and COVID-19 Response project will strengthen and support the implementation of policies, laws and regulations on decentralization and sustainable extractive sector management. The project includes support to the COVID-19 response coordination mechanism at local level.”

via World Bank

Financial, development and humanitarian arms provide $20 million to curb the impact of COVID-19 on refugees and their hosts in the Sahel

“Public health, the wellbeing of refugees and the host communities in the Sahel are at the heart of the latest tripartite agreement between the African Development Bank, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and the G5 Sahel signed today. The agreement enables a critical $20 million COVID-19 response across the five countries of the Sahel region.”

via AfDB

Why the attack on civil liberties in Africa is a matter of life and death

“Given that many African governments performed comparatively well in terms of restricting the spread of the virus, one might not expect the pandemic to have increased political pressure on the media. Yet many governments that have taken the disease seriously have also sought to evade scrutiny by undermining press freedom and civil liberties.”

via African Arguments

World Bank Provides $100 Million to Help Accelerate Digital Transformation in Niger

“The World Bank Board of Directors approved today a $100 million International Development Association which includes $50 million credit and $50 million grant to help Niger implement an ambitious program to use digital infrastructure and services to modernize its economy and strengthen access to basic services.”

via World Bank