Somalia will lose $500 million this year as its livestock misses out on Hajj to Saudi Arabia

“Millions of livestock from Somalia have been shipped to Saudi Arabia for the annual Muslim pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca over many decades to feed some two million pilgrims from around the world.. But this year, Somalia’s goats and sheep will not join the pilgrimage because Hajj has effectively been cancelled by Saudi authorities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

via Quartz Africa

Despite closed borders, the US is still deporting Africans during the pandemic

“According to figures from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. has deported at least 189 African nationals to their countries of origin from Mar. 1 to Jun. 20.”

via Quartz Africa

The market-creating opportunity with Africa’s ‘non-consumers’ in a post-COVID-19 world

“Even before the global pandemic began, millions of Africans led incredibly difficult lives. More than 400 million people lived in extreme poverty, and there was a projected shortage of 350 million jobs by 2035.”

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Nigerian schools are being forced to rethink their digital limits and education models in a pandemic

“Despite the easing of the coronavirus lockdown, the enduring ban on large public gatherings meant schools and religious organizations have remained shuttered given the obvious risk of students becoming vectors for spreading the virus.”

via Quartz Africa

Zimbabwe is squeezing its top mobile money platform for users’ data as it clamps down on the media

“Zimbabwean authorities are demanding the country’s biggest mobile money platform to give up half of all transaction files for 2020 to law enforcement agents under a crackdown the operator says violates telecom user data privacy rights.”

via Quartz Africa

South Africa is struggling with COVID-19 because its leaders want to emulate the ‘First World’

“It has become common to point out that COVID-19 has highlighted South Africa’s inequalities. It is less common, but just as important, to recognize that inequality shapes how the country is governed, ensuring that, while South Africa is located in Africa, those who govern it may be closer to their counterparts in Latin America.”

via Quartz Africa

What it took to spark a mental health reckoning for Africa’s doctors

“Mental health care is one of the biggest challenges for under-resourced African health systems in the pandemic.”

via Quartz Africa

The pandemic’s spread across Africa is being tempered by a young population, for now

“Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Africa has seen lower numbers of cases and death compared with other continents, on a ‘per million’ basis. But the numbers have been on a steady rise and in recent weeks.”

via Quartz Africa

African venture funding is expected to slow but impact investors are boosting health and agri-tech startups

“Between 2014 and 2019, 44% of venture capital deals recorded in African tech ecosystems included participation from at least one impact investor, data from Africa Private Equity and Venture Capital Association show. With a slump in venture capital investment expected in African tech ecosystems this year, the role of impact investment firms and institutions will become vital.”

via Quartz Africa

COVID-19 could upend several African countries’ plans to fuel economic growth with oil and gas

“When coronavirus forced the world into lockdown, it punched a hole in global oil demand and sent prices crashing to historic lows. The result was an overnight fiscal catastrophe for oil-dependent African economies like Nigeria that were accustomed to building their budgets on oil prices double what they are now.”

via Quartz Africa