News & Analysis: Security impact

Exposed: Limits of State and Public Trust during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Kenya

“The containment measures and actions have brought into focus the contours of state power, preferred tactics of deploying that power, levels of preparedness, and functionality of the state systems in times of crisis. More importantly, they have exposed the nature of the relationship between the state and citizenry.”

via African Arguments

South Sudan’s central bank introduces monetary changes to rescue ailing economy

“Before the conflict and COVID-19, South Sudan was drilling more than 250,000 barrels of crude oil per day, which has now dropped to 180,000 barrels per day. In an extraordinary meeting, the Central Bank Monetary Policy Committee made five resolutions aimed at tackling the devaluation of crude oil.”

via AllAfrica

Fourth COVID-19 testing vehicle hijacked in Nelson Mandela Bay

“The COVID-19 testing and tracing vehicle’s staff were allegedly hijacked at gunpoint in Ward 19, Kwazakhele, and also robbed of their personal belongings.”

via Sunday Times

For children in Middle East and North Africa, pandemic adds to misery of displacement

“Coronavirus has created new barriers to education for millions of children displaced by Middle East and North Africa conflicts. Up to 50 percent of refugee girls worldwide are at risk of dropping out of school entirely because of COVID-19.”

via Arab News

Virus fears as Mozambique conflict fuels overcrowding, hunger

“Most of those escaping the ongoing conflict are finding shelter with family or strangers in areas further south, putting a burden on the host families and leading to overcrowding that raises the risk of spreading COVID-19, say aid groups.”

via Reuters

Johannesburg cannot police its future

“South Africa’s biggest city is ground zero for debates about the long-term effectiveness and constitutionality of militarized urban policing and how we imagine the post-COVID-19 city.”

via Africa is a Country

The double danger that faces emergency medics: the deadly virus and attacks from communities

“There have been 40 attacks on emergency medical staff in the Western Cape since the start of the lockdown. It’s become such an issue that provincial health authorities are looking into getting body cams for staff, said an official from the emergency medical services.”

via Daily Maverick

Conflict during COVID-19: Averting a legitimacy and debt crisis in Africa?

“The combination of the COVID-19 pandemic, rising conflict, and escalating debt in Africa is a toxic cocktail that could soon implode. Governments and multilateral lenders need to work out pragmatic ways to neutralise and navigate out of the crisis.”

via International Growth Centre

UN World Food Programme wins Nobel Peace Prize

“The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the United Nations World Food Programme for ‘for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.'”

via African Business Magazine

Observing COVID-19 in Africa through a ‘public authorities’ lens

“To understand the response to COVID-19 in Africa we must look beyond actions taken by formal states. The roles played by various public authorities, operating below the national level, are crucial in shaping the pandemic’s long-term legacy.”

via Africa at LSE