News & Analysis: Security impact

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

Applying COVID-19 learnings to Nigeria’s security threats

“Nigeria, which was already dealing with the insurgency of Boko Haram and ISIS-West Africa, was forced to both slow down a pandemic and provide treatment to the sick while terrorist groups continue to undermine its control of swaths of the country.”

via New African Magazine

Kenya: Industrial Area Prison locked following surge in COVID-19 infections

“The Industrial Area Prison will not receive new lawbreakers in a bid to curtail the further spread of the deadly pandemic. The move is meant to curtail the movement of persons in and out of the prison which will break to the cycle of transmission”

via Tuko

COVID-19’s impact on South Africa’s relations with Africa

“South Africa’s Africa agenda has always been central to its foreign policy. However, the pandemic has exposed some of the contradictions within its implementation, as the effectiveness of this policy is determined not only by the government’s pronouncements on its commitment to the continent but also by its actions both inside and outside the country.”


Locked Down Areas Recorded 47.1% Increase In Crime Rate – Statistical Service (Ghana)

“The three-week partial lockdown in Accra and Kumasi during the early times of the pandemic paved way for more criminal activities to take place. The report indicated that localities in locked down districts experienced the highest increase in overall crime rate and other forms of crime with a percentage of 47.1.”

via Modern Ghana