News & Analysis: Civil society

Morocco Bans Eid al-Fitr Prayers Due to COVID-19

“With its ongoing vaccination campaign, Morocco is also intensifying efforts to reach herd immunity by the end of 2022 by vaccinating as many as 33 million people (80% of Morocco’s population).”

via Morocco World News

Kenya suspends flight to India over COVID-19 surge

“Social media platforms were swamped with messages Wednesday that insisted the Health Ministry act following reports that a passenger plane had left India and was headed for the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.”

via Anadolu Agency

Peer-to-peer communication in East and West Africa may help promote COVID-19 policy compliance

“While many countries have adopted top-down approaches to COVID-19 prevention, such as mandating certain health behaviours, our research suggests that peer-to-peer messaging may also be an important way for health behaviours to spread.”

via Africa at LSE

“A short illness?” Why we deserve to know what kills our leaders

“Presidents may not be constitutionally required to report on their health, but the secretive nature of all these deaths robbed countries of timely opportunities for reflection and frank discussions of health and illness.”

via African Arguments

COVID-19 in Africa: Youth at the Fore

“Young volunteers leading COVID-19 campaigns are connecting with and engaging local leaders—women’s groups, teachers, priests, imams, village heads, healers, and elders—in their communities. Together they are devising microsolutions needed to isolate patients, care for the ill, implement social distancing within existing conditions, and support families in distress.”

via African Arguments

Tunisia: Empty streets in Tunis as Ramadan begins

“The city centre of Tunisia’s capital Tunis, lies almost empty before “iftar”, or breaking the fast at sunset on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The Tunisian government ahead of Ramadan extended its nighttime curfew by three hours, tightening other restrictions. It followed an uptick of COVID-19 infections.”

via Africa News

Ramadan: Muslims protest curfew in Spanish Africa

“Residents of Ceuta urge government to make exceptions for month of Ramadan, as was case over Christmas.”

via Anadolu Agency

The impact of COVID-19 on journalists in Africa

“The global media landscape has changed over the past 10 years with journalism facing a range of problems such as the disruption in traditional media as a result of the fast changing digital space, to fake news and the rising distrust in journalism. When COVID-19 hit, it exacerbated these and other existing problems within the journalism industry.”

Please keep your loans, Kenyans tell IMF

“According to an Infotrak study on Kenyans’ perception on foreign debt, 81 percent of Kenyans are angry, fearful or anxious because of the country’s ballooning debt, while 62 percent do not approve of regular borrowing from foreign sources. Meanwhile, 52 percent of Kenyans rate the government’s handling of its borrowed funds as poor, while 76 percent believe Kenya gets most of her foreign loans from China.”

via Daily Nation

COVID-19 impact? Ugandans grow more discontent with economic and living conditions

“Uganda’s economy has been hit hard. Its real gross domestic product (GDP) grew by just 2.9% during the year ending in June 2020, less than half the 6.8% rate reported for the previous year.”

via Afrobarometer