COVID-19 and E-Governance: Lessons from South Africa

“The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored global dependence on the Internet. In the face of travel restrictions and lockdowns, social media has emerged as a crucial factor in the maintenance of personal relationships, working environments and day-to-day activities.”


COVID-19: Making the case for robust digital financial infrastructure

“We find that effective programs have three critical structural features of financial infrastructure: digital payment channels, the presence of a basic digital identification system with broad population coverage, and simple data on individuals and businesses that are tethered to the ID.”

via McKinsey Global Institute

Liberians laud government’s COVID-19 response but claim unfair distribution of relief assistance

“Very few citizens trust their government to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, and only about a third say they are likely to try to get vaccinated when a vaccine becomes available. Liberians also overwhelmingly believe prayer is more effective than a vaccine in preventing the spread of COVID-19.”

via Afrobarometer

Structural Transformation, Economic Development and Industrialization in Post-COVID-19 Africa

“While Africa’s ‘premature deindustrialization’ appears to be the dominant global narrative, recent analysis of the data suggests that deindustrialization is not the common experience for the majority of African countries.”

via Institute for New Economic Thinking

Stigma, Trust, and procedural integrity: COVID-19 testing in Malawi

“Malawi provides insight into other cases where populations might have concerns about stigma, lack trust in government public health efforts, and doubt the procedural integrity of the testing process.”

via Science Direct

Central African Republic: COVID-19 Situation Report

“Although confirmed cases have decreased significantly in recent months, relatively few tests are carried out in CAR, leaving the real extent of the pandemic in the country only partially known. The outbreak of election-related violence aggravated the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools were closed again in mid-December.”


Building Resilience in Food Systems and Agricultural Value Chains: Agricultural Policy Responses to COVID-19 in Africa

“To contain the spread of the virus and mitigate its widespread impacts, countries have responded by adopting unprecedented policy measures reflecting a mixture of scientific advice and political considerations.”

via African Development Bank

COVID-19 deaths detected in a systematic post-mortem surveillance study in Africa

“COVID-19 cases were under reported because testing was rarely done, not because COVID-19 was rare. If our data are generalizable, the impact of CV19 in Africa has been vastly underestimated.”

via medRxiv

Green Recovery and Green Jobs in Africa: The Case of Ghana

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created an opportunity for the government of Ghana to shift from natural resource-based development to socially inclusive and sustainable environmental development.”


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