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Impact of COVID-19 on African Migration: Thoughts, Perspectives and Ways Out of the Blind Alley

Africa has not been spared from the economic and political consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Acting as a catalyst for decreased job opportunities at home and increased foreign-born unemployment rates in host economies, COVID-19 will most likely…

SA, Africa & the Global Balance of Forces: Combining Solidarity with Strategic Action

During its remaining tenure on the UN Security Council and as rotating Chair of the African Union, South Africa will have to engage decisively in the conduct of strategic geopolitical power diplomacy if it is to regain the ‘punching above its weight…

Les Systèmes de Santé en Afrique mis à l’Épreuve / Testing the health systems in Africa

It is still too early to assess the extent of the Coronavirus pandemic in Africa, but everything seems to suggest that it will have a major impact on already vulnerable health systems – from prevention to the management of patients. Various forms of…

Coronavirus and Climate: Learning from France

Policymakers across the world face a dilemma: to lockdown the economy, and see output and employment collapse, or to open and face a surge of COVID-19 infections and deaths that could overwhelm the medical system? The choice is especially stark in p…

Coronavirus et Climat: Tirer les leçons du cas Français/ Coronavirus and Climate: Learning from France

Policymakers across the world face a dilemma: to lockdown the economy, and see output and employment collapse, or to open and face a surge of COVID-19 infections and deaths that could overwhelm the medical system? The choice is especially stark in p…

Crisis Control: The Use of Simulations for Policy Decision-Making

In face of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, use of evidence may be key to timely and precise decision-making. This policy brief explores the use of simulations in policy decision making in the Brazilian State of São Paulo in fighting the COVID-19 p…

Morocco and Covid-19: Agility, Cohesion, Innovation

Morocco is today cited as an example for its dynamism, its leadership, under the impetus of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, and, above all, its coherence in decision-making and the involvement of the population, through the COVID-19 Special Fund and t…

Le Maroc face au Covid-19: Agilité, Cohésion et Innovation /Morocco and Covid-19: Agility, Cohesion, Innovation

Morocco is today cited as an example for its dynamism, its leadership, under the impetus of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, and, above all, its coherence in decision-making and the involvement of the population, through the Covid-19 Special Fund and …

Report: Working Group 3: Innovative and Inclusive Public and Private Strategies to Help Vulnerable Groups

This report is focused on providing recommendations applicable to the problems of the most vulnerable groups of citizens directly affected by the COVID-19 crisis. To highlight the challenges faced by those groups and point out action-oriented recom…

The COVID-19 Mortality in South Sudan

In this Policy Brief we have analyzed COVID-19 mortality in South Sudan. The Brief examines the distribution and correlates of the pandemic. State testing capacity unaccounted for, we find that South Sudan is actually one of the least hit countries …

Peacekeeping Missions in the Time of Coronavirus: New Configurations and New Challenges

In discussing the potential role of peacekeeping missions in the context of the threat of the Coronavirus pandemic, two main issues arise. The first is of a legal nature, and the second is linked to the management of expenditures and budgets. Legall…

Refugees Facing COVID-19: A Double Burden

The worldwide spread of the Covid-19 pandemic has had a severe human impact, mainly in the United States and Europe. For the time being, Africa seems to be less affected, based on the relatively small number of infected people and deaths. Several ex…

Les Réfugiés face au Covid-19: La Double Peine / Refugees Facing COVID-19: A Double Burden

The worldwide spread of the Covid-19 pandemic has had a severe human impact, mainly in the United States and Europe. For the time being, Africa seems to be less affected, based on the relatively small number of infected people and deaths. Several ex…

Contribution des Armées à la Lutte Contre le Covid-19 / Contribution of the Armed Forces to the Fight against COVID-19

Unrecognized heroes in the fight against Covid-19, professionals in the public health sector covered their costs with resources that turned out to be insufficient: the shortage of specialized personnel, amplified by logistics problems, severely affe…

Africa’s growing risk of diseases that spread from animals to people

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rude awakening to many who believed the era of infectious disease was over. In this post, Bernard Bett, Delia Randolph and John McDermott argue that not only are pandemics not over, they may be i…

Flattening the curve of global emissions?

The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly led to unprecedented global action to contain the spread of the disease. These drastic measures of reducing human contact impede large parts of economic activity and transport. The measures lead to temporary emissio…

COVID-19: A race against time to avert disaster in West Africa

The days when COVID-19 was but a distant threat to West Africa are over. It is now clear that the virus is here to stay: with the exception of South Africa, the region is the hardest hit in sub-Saharan Africa. Burkina Faso, Guinea, Ghana, the Ivory …

Managing the politics of Ethiopia’s COVID-19 crisis

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Ethiopia has delayed elections slated for August and declared a state of emergency. Authorities should now consult with the opposition on how to manage the period ahead in order to smooth the country’s stuttering transi…

COVID-19: Geolocation tracking fuels concerns around privacy and data protection

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world are encouraging their residents to stay at home – some by request, others by force. But physical lockdowns are a blunt instrument to smother the spread of the novel coronavirus that ha…

No calm after the storm: Re-imagining the role of ‘the media’ in post COVID-19 Africa

The novel coronavirus disease is like a hydra. A hydra, in Greek mythology, is a serpentine creature that is endowed with several heads. When one head is cut off, two grow back in its place. “Harm,” as author Nicholas Nassim Taleb writes, “is what i…

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