News & Analysis: Security impact

Spain, Morocco Plan to Promote Post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery

“Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Arancha Gonzalez Laya said on Tuesday that Spain and Morocco are engaged in promoting their economic recovery. Although the post-pandemic economic recovery is one priority for the two countries, Morocco and Spain share formal agreements in several fields, such as security.”

via Morocco World News

Mo Ibrahim: Why Africa must emerge more resilient from the COVID-19 crisis

“Ibrahim warned that 2020 has brought not only the COVID-19 crisis to Africa, but also worrying signs about the state of governance on the continent. He reported that his foundation’s latest Ibrahim Index of African Governance report showed a decline in its measures of good governance for the first time in a decade, even alongside optimism about places such as Sudan that are undergoing democratic revivals.”

via Atlantic Council

Lives or livelihoods

“Poorer countries face challenges similar to those of advanced economies, but more acutely because of greater inequality, large informal sectors and difficulties with sanitation and social distancing in cramped informal settlements. That goes along with fragile health systems which have, once again, revealed structural weaknesses during the crisis.”

via SAIIA

African agency in the new Cold War: Traditional power competition in the post-COVID-19 African landscape

“Since the end of the Cold War, a handful of powers have been able to exert influence across the African continent: the United States, China, the European Union, and India. The resource-scarce post-COVID environment will accelerate competition between these powers and lead them into intersecting spheres of influence. The United States is set for declining influence on the continent, creating a vacuum for Europe and China to either willingly or begrudgingly fill.”

via Atlantic Council

Under cover of COVID-19, Uganda targets LGBTQ+ shelter

“The number of LGBTQ+ people arrested in Uganda has at least doubled since March. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has learned of more than 100 cases across the country in which police or military have been accused of using new powers brought in during the pandemic to arrest, extort or imprison LGBTQ+ people.”

via Mail & Guardian

Call for end to COVID-19 state of emergency as CDC lists Sierra Leone as low risk

“The CDC has listed Sierra Leone as one of only four countries in Africa, including Benin, Ivory Coast, and Rwanda, where travel and health risk due to COVID-19 is rated as low. Sierra Leone’s opposition politician Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden has called for an immediate lifting of the State of Emergency laws.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

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