Sustainable Resource Mobilisation to Strengthen Global Healthcare Interventions

“Donor assistance and governmental efforts should not be confined to controlling COVID-19 and reinforcing the first line of defence (preparedness), but should equally extend to the second line of defence (strengthening healthcare systems and securing sustainable funding arrangements).”

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Comparative Study of Policy Responses to COVID-19 in LICs in Africa

“Pre-pandemic economic challenges, such as limited fiscal space, high debt levels and inflation, have also contributed to countries’ weak economic responses. External financing has been crucial for LICs’ ability to respond to the pandemic, but, is still inadequate given the huge financial gap that exists.”

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Green Recovery and Green Jobs in Africa: The Case of Ghana

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created an opportunity for the government of Ghana to shift from natural resource-based development to socially inclusive and sustainable environmental development.”

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Digital Disruption in Africa – Mapping Innovations for the AfCFTA in Post COVID-19 Times

“The rise in ecommerce particularly with the onset of COVID-19, signals a strong foundation upon which to leverage 4IR to support digitised inter-regional trade, large scale industrialisation, and the creation of a vibrant African economy.”

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Regions Apart: How South Africa and Nigeria responded to COVID-19

“While both countries have taken extensive economic assistance and recovery measures, the economic impact of the pandemic is unlikely to be eradicated as rapidly as a vaccine is expected to eradicate the disease. In both countries, job losses will no doubt increase existing poverty and inequality and will therefore require urgent attention from government.”

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Lives or livelihoods

“Poorer countries face challenges similar to those of advanced economies, but more acutely because of greater inequality, large informal sectors and difficulties with sanitation and social distancing in cramped informal settlements. That goes along with fragile health systems which have, once again, revealed structural weaknesses during the crisis.”

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How to get Africa out of debt

“Many African countries were already in debt distress before COVID-19, and the pandemic has made it worse, lifting average debt-to-GDP ratios from about 60% to 70%. The G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative was extended to June 2021. But much more is needed.”

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G20 and development

“The G20 in both the finance and Sherpa track should develop a set of guiding principles for engaging with low-income and fragile states in this post-COVID environment. The focus should be on mitigating the development impacts of the pandemic in both social, economic and security terms.”

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Impact of COVID-19 on financial stability in Africa

“COVID-19 has been very damaging to global equity and debt markets, especially in developing markets with riskier assets. The financial panic was particularly acute in Africa leading to an abrupt decline in commodity prices and large foreign financial outflows coupled with economic lockdowns.”

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COVID-19’s impact on South Africa’s relations with Africa

“South Africa’s Africa agenda has always been central to its foreign policy. However, the pandemic has exposed some of the contradictions within its implementation, as the effectiveness of this policy is determined not only by the government’s pronouncements on its commitment to the continent but also by its actions both inside and outside the country.”

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