News & Analysis: Sudan

IMF Board Endorses Staff-Monitored Program for Sudan

“The Executive Board endorsed Sudan’s Staff-Monitored Program as meeting the Upper Credit Tranche Conditionality standard. The government requested the program to establish a strong track record of policy and reform implementation—a key requirement for eventual debt relief.”

via IMF

COVID-19 in Africa: Now comes the harder work

“When compared to the economies of the G20 and the multilateral banks’ capital bases, the US$68 billion needed for Africa is insignificant. But it could save hundreds of lives. The time is now for stronger and prolonged action by the international community.”

via Development Reimagined

Staple food prices rise by 50% in Sudan amid economic strife, floods and COVID-19

“Millions of people in Sudan are facing hardship as the cost of food and transport soars amid economic turmoil in the country. The cost of some staple foods like bread and sugar has increased by 50% over the past few weeks, driving inflation to a record high of 167%, up from 144% in July.”

via The Guardian

COVID-19 in the Horn of Africa: Political and Economic Impacts

“COVID-19 has in many ways pushed the political and economic capacities of states and societies in the Horn of Africa to their limits but has in the process also displayed their resilience.”

via Africa at LSE

Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals Despite the Pandemic: Interview with Professor Allam Ahmed

Prof. Allam Ahmed, founding President of the World Association for Sustainable Development, speaks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about financing the SDGs, human capital, and access to electricity.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Unpacking the impacts of COVID-19 on economies, food systems, and poverty in African and Asian countries

“While agrifood systems and food supply chains are generally exempt from COVID-19 restrictions, they have nevertheless experienced disruptions and global market instability.”

via IFPRI

Interview with Omer Omarabi: Using FinTech in Sudan’s Economic Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 Africa Watch speaks to Omer Omarabi, the General Manager of Electronic Banking Services Sudan, about how financial technology has played a role in Sudan’s COVID-19 response initiatives.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

World Bank to Support Sudan’s Students, Teachers Amid School Closures Due to COVID-19

“With more than six million students out of school due to closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Bank Board of Directors recently approved a project to support continued learning at home, and safe transition back to school during recovery.”

via World Bank

Khartoum’s lockdown

“Broadly, the stakes of the lockdown for the civilian population ranged from being a plausible measure to contain the pandemic, a temporary relief with the weakening demand on petrol fuels amounting to almost $200 million per month of subsidies, but also a threat due to the rising discontent amongst the daily earners.”

via Africa is a Country

The Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak on Governance, Peace, and Security in the Horn of Africa

“COVID-19-related containment measures—together with the global recession, lower oil prices and damage to agriculture from locusts and flooding—are increasing poverty levels and jeopardizing livelihoods.”

via African Union and UNDP