COVID-19 vs. Ebola: Impact on households and small businesses in North Kivu

“Different infectious disease outbreaks can have very different effects, largely unrelated to case numbers of the disease. Moderately lethal but highly transmissible viruses such as COVID-19 can trigger a steep economic downturn, especially in areas with high economic interconnectedness, reflecting both national and international policies to contain the pandemic.”

via World Development

The COVID-19 Sex-Disaggregated Data Tracker

“The gender distribution of cases and deaths varies significantly across the AFRO region, and in comparison to global figures. In South Africa, which is home to two-thirds of all confirmed deaths in the region, the number of deaths in men and women is roughly the same. Across the other countries reporting, men account for a much greater proportion (70%) of all deaths.”

via Global Health 50/50

Digital Disruption in Africa – Mapping Innovations for the AfCFTA in Post COVID-19 Times

“The rise in ecommerce particularly with the onset of COVID-19, signals a strong foundation upon which to leverage 4IR to support digitised inter-regional trade, large scale industrialisation, and the creation of a vibrant African economy.”


Survey reveals 95 percent of African SMEs did not receive government aid during COVID-19 pandemic

“In March 2020, the African Union created the Rollo Africa Business Simulation Programme to support SMEs and the informal sector. Of the 490 businesses that applied the programme, 93 percent reported their business was heavily impacted by the pandemic and 95 percent testified they never received any government support to combat the economic downturn.”

via African Union

The Network Readiness Index 2020: Accelerating Digital Transformationin a post-COVID-19 Global Economy

“The 2020 Network Readiness Index ranks a total of 134 economies based on their performance across 60 variables. Recognizing the pervasiveness of digital technologies in today’s networked world, the Index is grounded in four fundamental dimensions: Technology, People, Governance and Impact.”

via Portulans Institute

UNICEF Mauritania COVID-19 Situation Report

“After lifting all restrictions and closing all the containment centres for asymptomatic patients, the Government of Mauritania has developed a new strategy of cohabitation with COVID-19. These decisions continue to be interpreted by a large part of the population as the end of the pandemic, leading to a lack of respect for barrier measures and a very low level of alerts.”

via Relief Web

Kenya Economic Update: Navigating the Pandemic

“Kenya’s economy has been exposed through the dampening effects on domestic activity of the containment measures and behavioral responses, and through trade and travel disruption. Real GDP contracted by 0.4 percent in H1 2020 year-on-year, compared to growth of 5.4 percent in H1 of 2019.”

via World Bank

Economic and Social Impacts of COVID-19 in Eastern Africa

“The pandemic and resulting crisis threaten to reverse some of the region’s development gains of the last decade and challenge progress to the SDGs.”


Bargaining with Beijing: A Tale of Two Borrowers

“The fact that the Republic of Congo was worse off after rescheduling its debts with Beijing underscores the importance of exposing these deals to public scrutiny before they are finalized and building borrower country capacity to negotiate more favorable deals.”

via Center for Global Development

Ranking the effectiveness of worldwide COVID-19 government interventions

“A suitable combination of non-pharmaceutical interventions is necessary to curb the spread of the virus. Less disruptive and costly interventions can be as effective as more intrusive, drastic, ones (for example, a national lockdown). Using country-specific ‘what-if’ scenarios, we assess how the effectiveness of interventions depends on the local context.”

via Nature Human Behavior