Private lenders need to step up on African debt relief

“The impasse between the G-20 and international financiers has bolstered the position of Chinese lenders, who hold an additional $64 billion of disbursed credits in Africa alone, and who also are pursuing painstaking restructuring talks. Taken together, the position of the Chinese and the financiers could make it harder for African governments to respond to the pandemic.”

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Pandemic policing: South Africa’s most vulnerable face a sharp increase in police-related brutality

“Since South Africa instituted a country-wide lockdown on March 27, the number of violent incidents by police against civilians has reportedly more than doubled, with poor and vulnerable populations most affected.”

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta says his country needs ‘fiscal space’ amid the COVID-19 crisis

“‘Coronavirus is mainly a health issue, and our key focus is ensuring that we keep our people safe,’ he said. ‘But this is also an economic crisis because it has resulted in some key sectors hugely affected by lockdowns. We were forced to close our airspace, which affected tourism, a very critical part of our economy.'”

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Progress on African free trade: An interview with AfCFTA Secretary General Wamkele Mene

“The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) represents the world’s largest free-trade zone. The agreement entered into force in May 2019 and trade was meant to begin on July 1, 2020. Unfortunately, this has been delayed six months due to COVID-19, as forty-two African countries navigate full or partial lockdowns in response.”

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Progress on African free trade: An interview with AfCFTA Secretary General Wamkele Mene

“‘The only economic recovery tool that we have collectively as Africans is implementation of this agreement, so that trade becomes the driver of Africa’s recovery.'”

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Afreximbank president champions African free trade alongside COVID-19 response

“Prof. Oramah opened the discussion with an outline of Afreximbank’s COVID-19 response, underscoring how the Bank’s $3 billion Pandemic Trade Impact Mitigation Facility fits into the organization’s broader aim to create, connect, and deliver growth in trade and industrialization across African markets.”

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Responding to COVID-19: An exclusive interview with AfDB President Adesina

“For the first time in twenty-five years, African markets are set to contract, and African governments will need an estimated $150 billion to cover the fiscal gap created by COVID-19. In response, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched a bold $10 billion facility and an unprecedented $3 billion social bond.”

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The ‘shadow pandemic’ of gender-based violence

“Home isolation orders present abusers with increased opportunity to inflict harm on victims who are rendered more vulnerable by reduced access to their support networks and limited options for escape from the home.”

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African private sector mobilizes COVID-19 response

“At a national level, there are emerging alliances among both the large blue chip companies and startups in Africa’s largest markets—Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa—that are mobilizing finances, skills, and supplies to aid governments in the fight against the pandemic.”

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Barriers to mass testing for COVID-19 in Africa

“The need for quick and low-cost tests is immediate and immense. With a population of over one billion, Africa may need fifteen million test kits over the next three months, says Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director John Nkengasong. But, despite efforts by the Africa CDC, which has now trained personnel and provided diagnostic equipment to labs in forty-three African countries, laboratories are still too slow and often understaffed.”

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