News & Analysis: Human capital

World Bank Supports Jobs, Skills Development and Digital Transformation in Ghana

“The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved $315 million from the International Development Association to support job creation, skills development and digital transformation in Ghana. This financing includes $200 million for the Ghana Jobs and Skills Project and an additional financing of $115 million for the eTransform Ghana Project.”

via World Bank

Food and Leadership: The Scarce Ingredients of Survival during the COVID-19 Crisis in Kenya

“There are many young Kenyans, and many more around the youthful continent of Africa, who without obligation to do so are emerging to offer leadership during this COVID-19 crisis. The Food4Education was founded by Wawira Njiru, a young Kenyan nutritionist and food scientist and the first ever Global Citizen Prize winner because of her work with Food4Education.”

via African Leadership Centre

The coronavirus is jeopardizing a ‘very, very finite’ workforce: Africa’s doctors and nurses

“The coronavirus pandemic has tightened its grip on much of Africa, where reported cases have more than tripled over the last month, jeopardizing overstretched medical teams as the need for care soars.”

via Washington Post

Coronavirus: Now is the time to invest in Africa’s creative industries

“Despite the effects of COVID-19, Africa’s young creative industries remain ripe for investment opportunities. African music, film, and fashion continue to gain global popularity, with companies like Netflix and Universal Music Group expanding their presence on the continent.”

via The Africa Report

Ondo doctors begin indefinite strike (Nigeria)

“The Residents Doctors Association of Nigeria, Ondo State Chapter, has announced the commencement of an indefinite strike effective Wednesday, June 24. The action of the health workers is based on alleged neglect and poor welfare by the state government despite their exposure to COVID-19.”

via P.M. News

Our COVID-19 world: how to reintegrate students into universities

“Even though we cannot extricate the post-schooling sector from the prevailing tornado of societal change, a consistent and meaningful educational campaign should be created. This has been a weakness in our response to COVID-19 as a country.”

via Mail & Guardian

African business steps up in global scramble for virus test kits

“mPharma is one of several African companies that have been able to strike deals for critical medical supplies by tapping their global networks, even as their governments have been largely shut out.”

via Financial Times

COVID-19 and challenges to teacher education in rural Ghana

“The coronavirus shut down in Ghana exposes the weaknesses and inequities in the country’s education system.”

via Africa is a Country

Nigerian tailors join PPE rush

“Governor Okezie Ikpeazu provided a grant of N12m ($30,810) to 100 local tailors to start producing masks ahead of a surge in demand, and the State Marketing and Quality Management Agency is working with tailors to ensure they meet pre-approved standards. “

via African Business Magazine

Emerging Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

“The lesson of this current pandemic is that innovations are happening around the world. But the resources to fund and to scale innovations are not spread evenly. This must be addressed.”

via COVID-19 Africa Watch