News & Analysis: 4IR and digital transition

COVID-19 Alert South Africa app: The fine balance between public health, privacy and the power of the people

“It’s been just over a month since the Department of Health launched the COVID-19 Alert South Africa app to improve its COVID-19 contact tracing system. The app promises South Africa that the choice is not between individual privacy and public health, but that the two go hand in hand.”

via Daily Maverick

Funders find ways to offer capital in emerging markets, despite COVID-19

“Impact investors can only ever hope to make a small dent in emerging markets but they have created debt vehicles to support small and midsize groups, often by providing funds to companies that serve or invest in such businesses. Some have also adjusted fundraising efforts that existed before the pandemic to reflect the new reality.”

via Financial Times

Supporting Africa’s Small Businesses and Tackling Debt Sustainability during COVID-19: An Interview with Acha Leke

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to McKinsey’s Chairman for the Africa region, Acha Leke, about government responses to COVID-19, the support needed for SMEs, and debt sustainability.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

COVID-19 impact-recovery pathways for the economy

“The complexity of the economic impact of COVID-19 means that African governments cannot finance everything. Governments continue to make tough calls on what interventions to finance, and what sectors to prioritize.”

via FSD Kenya

Interview with Lionel Zinsou: Priorities for Private Sector Growth and Attracting Investment in a Post-Pandemic Africa

Lionel Zinsou, Founder and Managing Partner of SouthBridge and former Prime Minister of Benin talks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about opportunities for private sector growth and investment post-COVID-19.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

DRAWing away from the curriculum of the past

“With only about 40 percent of Nigeria having access to the internet, and 50 percent of the population having limited or no access to the electricity grid, the current prospects of digital technology for education during this crisis are slim. However, the digital divide is more than just an infrastructure divide—it is also a literacy divide.”

via Brookings Institution

Pandemic spurs Africa’s mobile telcos to ramp up banking bid

“Africa’s mobile phone operators are ramping up plans to bring banking to millions of Africans, in some cases for the first time, after the coronavirus crisis caused a surge in use of digital financial services.”

via Reuters

Africa’s rising tech sector bucks investment slump

“While global foreign direct investment has plummeted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, investment in software and IT services projects in Africa remains buoyant, reflecting the wider growth of the African technology sector, with powerhouses of the likes of Facebook increasing their footprint in the region.”

via FDI Intelligence

Kagame: COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of stronger health systems

“President Paul Kagame joined other heads of state to address the world during the first day of the United Nations General Assembly, which was this year held virtually due to COVID-19. ‘This is not a time for doubt or hesitation. We have the tools to meet this test and prevail,’ Kagame told the General Assembly.”

via The New Times

Impacts of COVID-19 on Cabo Verde: The Imperative to Build a More Resilient Economy

“Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, GDP growth is expected to decrease by 4% in 2020, fueled by falling tourism revenues, remittances and capital flows. Despite the structural development challenges facing the country, the COVID-19 crisis offers opportunities to hasten diversification of the economy, by focusing on building a blue economy and climate finance and digital economy.”

via Instituto Pedro Pires