News & Analysis: Human capital

After COVID-19 inequality frameworks in Nigeria must address children’s rights and dignity

“As we battle COVID-19 and the toll it has taken on the world today, we must listen to the often-overlooked voices of those who will inherit the world of tomorrow. Inequalities expert Foluke Adetola Ojelabi looks at the youngest victims of COVID-19 and its countless impacts – and of the unequal social order that long predates the pandemic.”

via Africa at LSE

South Africa after COVID-19: Recovery or Recession

“A small multi-stakeholder working group convened by the National Economic Development and Labour Council has been set up to finalize South Africa’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan. The question is, will the policymakers accept these recommendations?”

via The Cairo Review of Global Affairs

E-Conomy Africa 2020: Africa’s $180 billion Internet economy future

“Africa’s Internet economy is transforming development on the continent by fostering economic opportunities, creating jobs, and providing innovative solutions to complex challenges, like access to healthcare, education, and finance.”

via IFC

Coronavirus pandemic spurs health innovation in Africa

“The pandemic galvanized the development of more than 120 health technology innovations that have been piloted or adopted in Africa. Africa accounts for 12.8% of the 1,000 new technologies developed worldwide to target different areas of the COVID-19 response plan.”

via Anadolu Agency

Precision Medicine and Entrepreneurship: Shaping the Future of Health in Africa?

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to Dr. Abasi Ene-Obong, CEO of 54gene, about genomics research and precision medicine in Africa, as well as his company’s response to COVID-19.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

The voices of children and youth in Tanzania’s COVID-19 response

“Research into the effects of COVID-19 on young people in Tanzania reveals high levels of anxiety about the virus as it relates to relationships, economic livelihoods and the community. The research draws further attention to the need for governments to consider the disease’s wider social and psychological impacts.”

via Africa at LSE

$100M genomic sequencing initiative launches in Africa

“A $100 million initiative launched this week that aims to expand next-generation genomic sequencing tools and expertise across the African continent, which experts say could be used to tackle disease outbreaks more effectively.”

via Devex

Corona Life: Ghana Changing Behavior through a Drama Series

“Corona Life, a televised mini-series in Twi, the local language, uses drama (and humor) to educate the general public on how to adapt to a new normal.”

via World Bank

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

Good governance is the lynchpin for African progress

“Citizens’ expectations relate to the promotion of human rights, rule of law, socio-economic opportunities and human development. In view of the mixed progress made so far in meeting these expectations, the permanent question is how to apply Africa’s abundant wealth in natural and human resources towards rapid recovery and sustainable development.”

via Reuters