COVID-19 and taxes: Policies for the post-pandemic recovery

“Wealth taxes are underutilised as a policy tool. There is an opportunity to leverage them in response to COVID-19 as they can help reduce inequality and pave the way for equitable recovery.”

via International Growth Centre

Data for decision making in the COVID-19 crisis

“The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global crisis. For governments to respond effectively, policymakers need quality data on the prevalence of the virus and its various social and economic impacts.”

via International Growth Centre

Leaving no one behind: Vulnerable communities need smarter strategies to adapt to a changing climate future

“The effects of climate change are felt more keenly by poor communities already facing the double burden of poverty and low development. Thus, climate change policies must be created keeping their unique vulnerabilities in mind and helping them build resilience. “

via International Growth Centre

Adopt an Enhanced Revenue Mobilisation System to increase internally generated funds

“The economic disruptions of COVID-19 have put local government revenue in Ghana in a dire state. James Dzansi, IGC Country Economist in Ghana, argues that local governments must urgently adopt the digital Enhanced Revenue Management System to increase their capacities to deliver essential services to their citizens.”

via International Growth Centre

Sierra Leone locked down early to contain COVID-19, but at a high price

“Sierra Leone locked down early and appears to have COVID-19 under control. But the country has paid a very high economic price, with the vast majority of people missing meals or eating less. Researchers warn that if the virus begins to spread again, these sacrifices may be hard to justify and replicate.”

via International Growth Centre

COVID-19 and informality in Sub-Saharan Africa: Containing an economic crisis

“Containment measures prevent informal workers from sustaining an income. Policies that support the informal sector are required to prevent an economic crisis.”

via International Growth Centre

Reigniting economic growth after COVID-19 in Uganda

“The COVID-19 pandemic has come at an enormous cost to both developed and developing countries, and Uganda is no exception to this. Decisive policies to promote household and firm survival alongside longer-term planning for growth will be crucial to Uganda’s recovery.”

via International Growth Centre

Firms in Ethiopia’s industrial parks

“In line with the broader impacts of COVID-19 on industries and value chains around the world, production in Ethiopia’s industrial parks has been
heavily affected.”

via International Growth Centre

Poverty eradication in Mozambique: Progress and challenges amid COVID-19

“Poverty has improved over the past 20 years; however, the COVID-19 pandemic jeopardises the gains achieved, pushing people into extreme poverty.”

via International Growth Centre

Conflict during COVID-19: Averting a legitimacy and debt crisis in Africa?

“The combination of the COVID-19 pandemic, rising conflict, and escalating debt in Africa is a toxic cocktail that could soon implode. Governments and multilateral lenders need to work out pragmatic ways to neutralise and navigate out of the crisis.”

via International Growth Centre