News & Analysis: US-Africa relations

US issues fresh travel advisory against Tanzania, urges citizens not to visit country

“‘Do not travel to Tanzania due to COVID-19. For the duration of the pandemic, Tanzania has not implemented stay at home orders, nor limited transportation options or business operations,’ the embassy said.”

via Tuko

In Return to Global Health Multilateralism, U.S. Joins COVAX at a Critical Moment

U.S. support for COVAX and other initiatives could prove to be critical in the global effort to end the devastation caused by COVID-19.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Interview: Dr. Youssef Boutros-Ghali on COVID-19, Debt Sustainability, and Macroeconomic Policy in Africa

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to Dr. Youssef Boutros-Ghali, former Finance Minister of Egypt and former chairman of the IMF’s International Monetary and Financial Committee, about the economic impact of the pandemic, the policy response, SDRs, and more.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

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

As new debt crisis looms, Africa needs more than world is offering

“African countries face another debt crisis and will need more long-term help than the latest G20 debt plan offers them to ward off trouble ahead and keep much-needed investments coming in, according to policymakers, analysts and investors.”

via Reuters

US terminates COVID-19 cash transfer to Uganda’s poor

“The USAID has terminated its COVID-19 cash transfer programme in Uganda. The decision followed the Ugandan government’s indefinite suspension of GiveDirectly, a non-profit organisation that was conducting the programme.”

via Vanguard

Africa CDC urges all nations to join WHO’s COVAX vaccine initiative

“The World Health Organisation said 76 rich nations were now committed to joining a global COVID-19 vaccine allocation plan that aims to help buy and fairly distribute the shots. The United States said it would not join the effort, called COVAX, due to President Donald Trump’s administration’s objection to WHO involvement.”

via Daily Maverick

A Strategic Framework to Improve Coronavirus Response in Africa

“African governments do not have the financial resources to weather this storm, and its healthcare systems are ill-equipped to respond to long-term challenges posed by COVID-19. Without greater coordination, there is a risk of a mismanaged international response to this historic crisis.”

via Lawfare

Despite closed borders, the US is still deporting Africans during the pandemic

“According to figures from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. has deported at least 189 African nationals to their countries of origin from Mar. 1 to Jun. 20.”

via Quartz Africa

Powering a Response: Off-Grid Solar’s Role in a Pandemic

“Given the limited reach of the national grids in many sub-Saharan African countries, off-grid solar will continue to be a necessary part of health facilities’ electrification plans. Additionally, as households and businesses adjust to the various disruptions the pandemic is causing, off-grid solar can help bridge the gap and provide solutions to the non-health related issues the pandemic brings.”

via USAID