News & Analysis: Security impact

President Bio discusses recent violence and COVID-19 with civil society leaders

“Leaders of Civil Society Organisations and CSOs were at State House yesterday, where they met president Dr Julius Maada Bio and Vice President Dr Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent surge in violence in the country.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Cybercrime and COVID-19: A concern for financial stability during the pandemic

“The spread of COVID-19 has sent a shockwave through the financial sectors of the world and poses substantial cyber risks for strategic sectors of the economy”

via SAIIA

Local Ownership of Peace Processes in African Countries in Times of COVID-19

“The nature and level of any impact COVID-19 will have on violent conflicts remain unknown. Popular response to the virus is currently complicating ongoing peace processes while ignoring the opportunities for collective action that builds on the resilience of communities that sustain peace processes.”

via African Arguments

Local Ownership of Peace Processes in African Countries in Times of COVID-19

“The nature and level of any impact COVID-19 will have on violent conflicts remain unknown. Popular response to the virus is currently complicating ongoing peace processes while ignoring the opportunities for collective action that builds on the resilience of communities that sustain peace processes.”

via African Arguments

COVID-19 Brings Out Government’s Ugly Side in Cameroon

“The message of national solidarity around the COVID-19 pandemic seems to have been lost in Cameroon. While several other governments are calling on its citizens to pull together and help one another, Cameroon’s ruling party is using the pandemic to settle scores and punish the opposition.”

via Human Rights Watch

Feature Analysis: Ethiopians Brace for COVID-19 Economic Hardships, Security Crack Down & Political Uncertainty

“A little over three weeks into Ethiopia’s third state of emergency in as many years, albeit this time for a different reason, Ethiopians are struggling to cope with layoffs, a loss of income and the host of regulations put in place to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

via Addis Standard

COVID-19 in Africa: From Disruption to Opportunities for Sustainable Intra-African Maritime Security Cooperation

“The COVID-19 pandemic presents a rare opportunity for enhanced intra-African cooperation in the history of maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea, and indeed coastal states throughout the African continent.”

via African Leadership Centre

How to protect women from violence under lockdowns? Send cash.

“In the first four days of the national lockdown, calls doubled and data free messages increased more than tenfold. The centre now receives up to 1,000 calls a day from women and children reporting trauma and abuse. The government said last week that gender-based violence has continued to rise as the lockdown goes on.”

via African Arguments

How has human smuggling changed under COVID-19?

“New evidence gathered by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime suggests growing hostility towards human smuggling in regions where the activity is deeply entrenched in the political economy.”

via African Arguments

Coronavirus border closures strand tens of thousands of people across Africa

“Tens of thousands of migrants are trapped in dangerous conditions at frontiers, mines, ports and in transit camps across Africa after states shut their borders in an attempt to stem the spread of COVID-19.”

via The Guardian