Tanzanian President Magufuli’s Veneer of Omniscience in Critical Condition

“The president, who has repeatedly downplayed the disease while encouraging citizens to pray and inhale steam to kill the novel coronavirus, was reportedly placed on a ventilator.”

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How to Think About Africa’s ‘Rising Middle Class’ Amid COVID-19

“Conventional wisdom is that Africa’s rising middle class is the engine for economic and social development, that its trajectory has been positive, and that the COVID-19 pandemic has seriously compromised the success of the middle class. However, on a continent of 1.3 billion people resident in more than fifty countries, this trope, much of it based on feel-good anecdotes, may obscure more than it illuminates.”

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What Role Should the IMF Play in Responding to COVID-19?

“Right now the bulk of the IMF’s lending capacity likely won’t be used in the face of the economic, financial, and public health shock from COVID-19. Mobilizing the IMF’s lending capacity likely will require a new facility. The Short-term Liquidity Line created this spring isn’t actually well suited for the moment.”

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Scaling Up African Pharmaceutical Manufacturing in a Time of COVID-19

“In the short-term, the most acute issue is the need for huge quantities of quality-assured protective equipment, tests and medicines to treat the symptoms of COVID-19. Significant shortages of other essential medicines could materialize.”

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Limiting the COVID-19 Food Crisis in Africa Begins With Local Farmers

“Government restrictions on movement designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 have made the daily activities of African farmers more difficult and may well lead to a reduction in the production and availability of food in markets.”

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Averting a COVID-19 Disaster in Malawi

“The UN is sounding the alarm on a looming disaster in Malawi brought on by the global coronavirus pandemic. Last week, Maria Jose Torres, the UN resident coordinator in Malawi, warned, ‘Even a fairly low number of cases could overwhelm the health system, cause food shortages, and reverse the progress the country has seen in recent years.'”

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Amid Oil Price Collapse, Nigeria Is Running out of Foreign Exchange

“The fall in international oil prices is having a devastating impact on Nigeria’s formal economy.”

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COVID-19 is Coinciding with Dangerous Trends in Burundi’s Democracy

“President Pierre Nukurunziza’s reluctance to impose policies aimed at stopping the virus from spreading is converging with his enthusiasm for democratic authoritarianism, putting not only Burundi, but Burundi’s neighbors at risk.”

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A Conversation With Kennedy Odede on COVID-19’s Impact on Kenya and Beyond

“‘I think that what we are facing now as a country—we don’t have enough testing kits. So many people are not being tested. There is a private company charging the rich $120 for one test. MPs are also being tested for $50. The rest? Not much.'”

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Tracking the Spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria’s Largest Northern City

“A recent, so far unexplained, spike in deaths in Kano, Nigeria, highlights the difficulty of tracking the spread of coronavirus, especially in certain large African urban areas.”

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