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.”

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The role of youth in governance and leadership in a post-COVID-19 world

“COVID-19 has had a drastic impact on youth in South Africa and Africa as a whole, primarily because it has heightened the already prevalent social ills that face them.”

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COVID-19 and the youth: Opportunities in information and communications

“By tapping into opportunities within information and communications, the youth can help convert the internet into a productive infrastructure during COVID-19 and simultaneously tame its negative effects, such as cyber bulling and online fraud.”

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Issues affecting young women in Africa during COVID-19

“In the medium to long-term, there needs to be sufficient support for organisations and campaigns that seek to bridge the digital divide, particularly in remote and rural areas. These projects can be scaled up to create employment opportunities for youth and specifically young women.”

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Migrant smugglers are profiting from travel restrictions

“Measures to contain COVID-19 are increasing demand for smuggling and subjecting migrants to even riskier conditions.”

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Are agriculture and economic development still antithetical? Reflections for a post-COVID-19 recovery plan

“Industrial policy to engender structural change is about investing in activities that are able to foster employment, generate foreign exchange and shift larger portions of the workforce into higher productivity occupations. Traditionally, this has been synonymous with prioritising industrial manufacturing over agriculture. This should no longer be the case.”

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COVID-19 as an opportunity for African knowledge production

“At the vertical level African intellectuals need to find means of availing thoroughly studied knowledge to greater audiences, while at the same time ensuring its cross-pollination with counterpart bodies of knowledge from around the world.”

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Zimbabwe could learn from South Africa’s social grants programme amid its COVID-19 crisis

“The country’s broader social protection architecture needs to be rethought towards responses that abandon the political gesturing and tokenism of piecemeal approaches for longer term, structurally adaptive and contextually sensitive interventions.”

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How COVID-19 has strengthened the role of women in the Niger Delta

“In many oil communities, the pandemic-induced economic hardship has affected gendered roles, diminishing the socio-economic position of men as the primary providers of the family.”

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