From stimulus to debt: The case of South Africa

“The COVID-19 pandemic has seen the widespread use of expansionary fiscal policies which, in terms of scale, is simply unprecedented. Crucially, for many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, these fiscal stimulus packages have deepened their debt challenges.”

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Voting in a pandemic: Lessons for elections in Africa in 2021

“African elections held early on in the pandemic have compelled urgent adaptations and innovations to electoral processes and timelines.”

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Invisible lives, missing voices: Putting women and girls at the center of post-COVID-19 recovery and reconstruction

“In Africa, women and girls have largely borne the brunt of the pandemic, as the virus has exacerbated already-existing gender inequalities, laying bare serious fault lines in safety, physical and mental health, education, domestic responsibilities, and employment opportunities.”

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Navigating the complexities around a COVID-19 vaccine in Africa

“At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, African countries implemented social distancing measures that have helped reduce the spread of the virus. At the same time, the pandemic and many of the associated policies to protect people’s health pulled many households on the continent into poverty and the sub-Saharan region into a recession. These complex challenges now affect the ability of African countries to finance vaccine procurement and delivery, which are necessary to end the pandemic.”

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Lockdown economics in South Africa: Social assistance and the Ramaphosa stimulus package

“The Ramaphosa COVID-19 stimulus package, originally announced on April 21, is huge, amounting to approximately $26 billion, or 10 percent of the economy’s GDP. As a share of GDP, South Africa’s package represents the largest in the emerging markets.”

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Localized communication plans help Senegal control COVID-19

“Following the country’s first COVID-19 case, Senegal enacted several public health policies to prevent community transmission and protect its fragile health system. Observers credit transparent and consistent public messaging for widespread support of essential measures, including mask mandates.”

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COVID-19 and migrant remittances: Supporting this essential lifeline under threat

“Facilitating remittance flows is one of the best ways to directly support people in need, provide an economic boost to countries, and thereby quicken an international recovery.”

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DRAWing away from the curriculum of the past

“With only about 40 percent of Nigeria having access to the internet, and 50 percent of the population having limited or no access to the electricity grid, the current prospects of digital technology for education during this crisis are slim. However, the digital divide is more than just an infrastructure divide—it is also a literacy divide.”

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Crisis? What crisis? COVID-19 and the unexpected recovery of regional trade in East Africa

“In June, after several months of sharp declines, trade volumes recorded their biggest monthly rise on record, with a 7.6 percent increase. East Africa may be shadowing these global trends.”

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Young Africans need more and better jobs, not more training

“Acknowledging that supply-side interventions alone do not foster broad-based job creation opens up space to think about a new generation of programs. In many cases these will include industrial policy to increase labor-intensive manufacturing and services, urgently needed infrastructure investments, better regional integration, and social protection mechanisms like cash transfers or basic incomes.”

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