News & Analysis: Poverty and inequality

Economic recovery plans should address gender-based financial exclusion

“The government has initiated various programmes that have helped bridge the gender gap, including propelling women to senior leadership position and increased the enrolment of girls in schools among others. However, some challenges have persisted.”

via The New Times

Surviving lockdown in the Central African Republic

“The food insecurity brought about by the COVID-19 measures was devastating and compounded an already precarious situation.”

via Norwegian Refugee Council

South African rollout lays bare vaccine struggle in developing world

“How the vaccination campaign goes in places such as Nqileni will have an impact not only in South Africa — which with 52,000 official deaths is the worst hit on the African continent — but for vaccination drives everywhere.”

via Financial Times

New COVID-19 grant, old Sassa problems (South Africa)

“The COVID-19 social relief of distress grant has exposed long-standing challenges at payment sites across the country, especially in rural areas where recipients are exploited and paypoints are not in good condition and robbed routinely.”

via Mail & Guardian

Vaccine Nationalism Is Patently Unjust

“The European Union, United States, and Canada have hoarded the vaccine, pre purchasing doses for up to six times their population in some cases.”

via The Nation (Mali)

Zambians approve of government’s COVID-19 response despite questions about aid, vaccines

“More than one in three Zambians say their households lost income during the pandemic, and nine out of 10 report that they did not receive government assistance. A majority of citizens believe that the assistance was not fairly distributed.”

via Afrobarometer

Vaccine apartheid

“Just ten nations have administered 75% of the vaccines worldwide. Countries like South Africa are being left behind.”

via Africa is a Country

Equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines is a moral imperative

“The USA, Germany, EU, Japan and Canada have committed $4.3 billion to fund the equitable rollout of tests, treatments and vaccines through the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator partnership. While this is a great step, there is still a funding gap of nearly $23 billion.”

via The Star

Post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery: Can Technology Alone Lift African Economies?

Professor Danny Leipziger of George Washington University discusses the role of technology in shaping the future of Sub-Saharan Africa after the COVID-19 pandemic.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

To Decolonize Global Health, We Must Examine the Global Political Economy

“These costs demonstrate that we cannot talk about decolonizing without discussing colonialism’s most fundamental legacy in global health: a political economy that prioritizes financial sustainability over access to health care in countries where ‘resource limitations’ have always been externally imposed.”

via Think Global Health