News & Analysis: Poverty and inequality

COVID-19 deepens the educational divide

“There are an estimated 258-million children, adolescents and youth not in school across the globe. Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 31% of them.”

via Mail & Guardian

‘I get nothing at the end of the day’ – Taxi drivers in South Africa

“Taxi drivers say the constraints implemented to curb the spread of COVID-19 have made it near impossible to eke out a living, especially after handing over the lion’s share of their earnings to their bosses. Despite being the backbone of South Africa’s public transport system, taxi drivers like the rest of the country’s informal workforce have been left to fend for themselves.”

via Mail & Guardian

Is More Poverty in Africa an Inevitable Outcome of COVID-19?

“African countries do have the tools to continue manage COVID-19 without seeing escalating numbers of people in poverty. But their financial constraints are the key barrier to making that happen. But any extra finance that can be provided to African countries – whether through grants or debt payment holidays – will go a long, long way.”

via Development Reimagined

Sudan reels from drug shortages as virus spreads

“As it battles mounting cases of coronavirus, Sudan is grappling with acute medicine shortages at a time of economic woes largely blamed on the policies of ousted president Omar al-Bashir. Healthcare providers have reported shortages of basic medications in pharmacies and hospitals, while patients suffering from critical diseases struggle to find drugs.”

via The East African

Projecting the impact of COVID-19 on exports in Ethiopia

“Total export earnings have increased due to increases in certain commodities. It is important to ascertain if the trend continues or not to plan mitigation measures proactively. Fortunately, Ethiopia’s agricultural exports are likely to experience gradual recovery, given export destination countries are gradually re-opening their economies.”

via International Growth Centre

Liberia’s urban poor are often overlooked but especially vulnerable to crises like COVID-19

“While the macroeconomic situation is set to affect prosperity at all levels of society, poor urban households participating in the informal economy are likely to be hit the hardest, with immediate concerns surrounding their ability to provide for themselves.”

via Grow Liberia

Pandemic policing: South Africa’s most vulnerable face a sharp increase in police-related brutality

“Since South Africa instituted a country-wide lockdown on March 27, the number of violent incidents by police against civilians has reportedly more than doubled, with poor and vulnerable populations most affected.”

via Atlantic Council

Renewable energy investments crucial in Africa’s efforts to build back better post COVID-19

“It is essential for African governments to build back strong from the coronavirus crisis by placing investments in sustainable energy among the central recovery goals, and linking recovery investment to strengthening the foundation of future sustainable development.”

via UNECA

COVID-19 impact hurts workers’ ability to send relatives cash

“About eight in 10 workers are unable to send cash to their relatives in rural Kenya in the wake of the COVID-19 economic hardships, says a new survey, which reveals that majority of households have not felt the impact of the reduction in VAT from 16 to 14 percent. According to the poll released Sunday, 79 percent of Kenyan workers interviewed were not in a position to support their dependants financially.”

via The East African

How to ensure effective government responses as COVID-19 spreads to rural areas

“Researchers and practitioners have focused mostly on the governance problems that COVID-19 poses in urban areas, given greater exposure risks for infection there. But rural areas face a distinct set of pandemic challenges deserving special attention.”

via IFPRI