Are warnings of a COVID-19 famine in Africa overblown?

“Alarm bells have been ringing for months that COVID-19 could push fragile African countries ‘closer to the abyss’ of famine as jobs are lost, local markets close, and poverty deepens.”

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Three lessons from the Global South on combating the pandemic

“In developed countries, local opposition to top-down decrees is undermining the impact of public health initiatives… The key to turning this resistance around, and dealing with a pandemic long term, lies in the Global South. What’s needed is a renewed commitment to community engagement, rather than top-down mandates.”

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South Africa’s COVID-19 relief fund dogged by delays and corruption

“The South African government is investigating reports of large-scale ‘looting’ of its $26 billion coronavirus rescue package, launched to cushion the economic impact of the pandemic on struggling households.”

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Conflict and coronavirus spark a hunger crisis in Burkina Faso

“The number of people in need of emergency food aid in Burkina Faso has tripled to more than 3.2 million – some 11,000 of whom are suffering from ‘catastrophe’ levels of hunger – as the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic hits a country already engulfed by violence.”

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A Kenyan COVID-19 notebook: The ‘mama mbogas’ and the path to recovery

‘The only way to keep Kenyans alive as we work our way through the second and third wave is unconditional cash transfers.’

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A Kenyan COVID-19 notebook: The ‘mama mbogas’ and the path to recovery

“Kenya is an overwhelmingly informal economy. Rather than the multinational companies the government tries to attract, it’s the teeming roadside workshops, dealers, and traders that employ more than 80 percent of Kenyans…’What is driving our country is the informal sector: the ‘mama mbogas’ [roadside vendors] selling tomatoes and living in the slums.'”

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COVID-19 changed the world. Can it change aid, too?

“Does this moment demand a new conception of ‘aid’ altogether? And can the industry finally acknowledge that while the premise upon which it was founded remains noble and necessary, the structure itself risks being rendered obsolete?”

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In Burkina Faso, violence and COVID-19 push children into harm’s way

“As jihadist-linked violence surges in Burkina Faso, children are facing particularly severe hardships: more than half of the roughly one million Burkinabe now displaced across the country are 18 and under, and many have been forced out of school by attacks and threats from extremists.”

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LGBTQ+ people left out by exclusionary COVID-19 aid practices

“Much focus has been on gender-based violence: how this pandemic might impact women and girls, as well as worsen situations of domestic violence. Rights groups, however, have pointed out that the LGBTQ+ community – and its particular vulnerabilities – have been excluded from many of these discussions.”

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Child marriage worries rise amid coronavirus lockdown in Cameroon

“Aid groups warn that forced child marriages could be on the rise globally due to school closures, food insecurity, and economic uncertainty triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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