News & Analysis: Poverty and inequality

Zimbabwe: Lockdown amid COVID-19 surge has no support for people

“With most of Zimbabwe’s population employed in the informal sector, there are fears there could be widespread hunger as the government did not announce any plans to support citizens who will not be able to work during the lockdown.”

via The Africa Report

The COVID-19 Pandemic is Killing Zimbabwe’s Once-thriving Cross-border Trading Networks

Policies meant to control the spread of COVID-19 have had dramatic negative impacts on Zimbabweans involved in cross-border trade, including in Mutare, a city east of Harare on the border with Mozambique.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

COVID-19 vs. Ebola: Impact on households and small businesses in North Kivu

“Different infectious disease outbreaks can have very different effects, largely unrelated to case numbers of the disease. Moderately lethal but highly transmissible viruses such as COVID-19 can trigger a steep economic downturn, especially in areas with high economic interconnectedness, reflecting both national and international policies to contain the pandemic.”

via World Development

Put human rights at the centre of our battle against COVID-19

“COVID-19 has exacerbated human rights violations related to health, including stigma, discrimination, gender-based violence and police brutality. In some countries, vulnerable groups have been turned into scapegoats for the new pandemic.”

via Mail & Guardian

Nine out of 10 in poor nations to miss out on inoculation as West buys up COVID-19 vaccines

“Nine out of 10 people in 70 low-income countries are unlikely to be vaccinated against COVID-19 next year because the majority of the most promising vaccines coming on-stream have been bought up by the west, campaigners have said.”

via The Guardian (UK)

In southern Madagascar, ‘nothing to feed our children’

“Mothers are now trying to feed their children with unripe mangoes, and with tamarind mixed with clay. Many children have the spindly legs, reddish hair and pot bellies of malnourishment. Tired, they rest under trees and no longer play.”

via Associated Press

Pandemic pushes 2 million Kenyans into poverty

“Disruptions induced by the COVID-19 pandemic have eroded progress in poverty reduction in Kenya, forcing an estimated two million more into poverty. Households have been hit hard due to reduced job opportunities and lower earnings, unemployment have almost doubled, remittances have reduced and only a few households have benefited from direct cash assistance.”

via The East African

Monitoring COVID-19 Impact on Nigerian Households

“Nigeria was among the first countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to identify COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases and has since implemented strict measures to contain the spread of the virus.”

via World Bank

Uganda’s GDP Contracts under COVID-19, Investing in Uganda’s Youth Key to Recovery

“The latest World Bank economic analysis for Uganda projects the economy to contract by up to 1% in 2020 due to COVID-19 disruptions to trade activities and production, down from 7.5% growth in 2019.”

via World Bank

‘No Mask, No Lessons’: COVID-19’s Impact on Access to Education in Rural Malawi

“I personally see children being turned back from school because they have no masks on a daily basis. This is a big stumbling block to their education.”

via COVID-19 Africa Watch