Africa’s post-COVID-19 debt crisis is being aggravated by unreliable data and global ratings agencies

“A number of African countries have recently been contesting decisions by credit rating agencies. Some have raised objections that the rating agencies lack understanding of their economic environment.”

via Quartz Africa

What developing countries can teach rich countries about how to respond to a pandemic

“Their mantra might best be summarized as: act decisively, act together and act now. When resources are limited, containment and prevention are the best strategies.”

via Quartz Africa

Scientists on how Africa has so far weathered the worst of COVID-19’s health impact

“In many African countries, COVID-19 severity and mortality has been much lower than originally predicted based on experience in China and Europe. Africa’s much younger population explains a very large part of the apparent difference. Some of the remaining gap is probably due to under reporting of events but there are a number of other plausible explanations.”

via Quartz Africa

The truth about Africa’s ‘debt problem’ with China

“As more African countries have looked to China for financing and technical support to rapidly boost infrastructural development, there have been loud musings about the scale of China’s lending to African countries as well as the Asian giant’s motives.”

via Quartz Africa

Nigerian scientists have developed a COVID-19 vaccine candidate but need funding for human trials

“Scientists in Nigeria have developed a new vaccine candidate which they say is optimized for the African population. The vaccine has undergone a successful pre-clinical trial but the human trial is being delayed due to a lack of funds.”

via Quartz Africa

Ethiopian worker migrants are stranded in worsening conditions in Saudi Arabia

“A new investigation from Amnesty International reports on the worsening, life-threatening treatment of Ethiopian migrants stranded in Saudi Arabia including prisoners who are chained in pairs, confined at all hours in a crowded detention center, forced to use an open floor as toilets, little medical care, beatings and several deaths.”

via Quartz Africa

Surveys show just how unprepared African countries were for COVID-19 lockdowns

“On average, only 24% of households across the 34 African countries analyzed met all three criteria of readiness: availability of key amenities, availability of media devices and phones. and ownership of savings accounts or rate of formal employment.”

via Quartz Africa

Digital platforms have been a boon for social assistance in African countries during the pandemic

“While Togo’s mobile-based digital program stood out early on, it was not alone in Africa in providing social welfare relief for its citizens. More than 40 African countries have introduced or expanded social welfare programs since the pandemic.”

via Quartz Africa

Nigerian scientists have identified seven lineages of SARS-CoV-2

“It is important to track lineages as they can be very useful for determining how a virus spreads through communities or populations.”

via Quartz Africa

Nigeria’s unemployment rate has more than tripled in the last five years—and it will only get worse

“The lack of jobs in Africa’s largest economy and most populous country is unlikely to get better soon. The World Bank predicts Nigeria’s flailing economy is set for its worst recession in four decades as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to manifest.”

via Quartz Africa