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Impact of COVID-19 on Financial Stability in Africa

Covid-19 has been very damaging to global equity and debt markets, especially in developing markets with riskier assets. The impact on developing markets has been exacerbated by falling commodity prices and depreciating currencies. The turbulence in…

COVID-19 et les Agendas de Developpement au Cameroon, en Afrique et Dans le Monde: Sortie de Piste? / COVID-19 and the Development Agendas in Cameroon, Africa and the World: Getting of the Track?

The development agenda is built on 03 pillars: sustainable economic growth, social inclusion and the preservation of the environment so as not to compromise the future generations. The watchword being to leave no one behind. Agenda 2030 is facing a …

Disability Rights during the Pandemic: A Global Report on Findings of the COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor

This report has one central purpose: To raise the alarm globally as to the catastrophic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on persons with disabilities worldwide and to catalyse urgent action in the weeks and months to come. The report is organised aro…

Coverage of Senegal's Pandemic Response in Western Online News and Algorithm Filtering

Senegal, a small and politically stable coastal West African nation, has been hailed for its rapid response to combat the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), for which it has received significant attention in Western media. This essay e…

Agenda Setting Unpacked: A Review of Zimbabwe's Approach to Reporting during COVID-19

The right to freedom of information is highly sought after by media practitioners. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many changes for journalists and their ability to freely disseminate information related to it. In countries such as …

Hashtags and Spectacles: Zimbabwe's Feminist Activists Find Online Avenues to Tackle Government's COVID-19 Clampdown

Feminist critiques, activism and the feminist movement have long played a key role at significant political junctures in Zimbabwe, challenging the male domination of political and public spaces, as well as entrenched masculine orientations of democr…

How Pan-African Media helped Madagascar Advance its Claim of a COVID-19 'Miracle Cure' as a Form of Medical Diplomacy

Madagascar attracted global media attention in April 2020 when President Andry Rajoelina announced a plant-based tonic that he claimed could both prevent and cure the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). By then, the global outbreak was proliferating …

How to get Africa Out of Debt

Many African countries were already in debt distress before COVID-19, and the pandemic has made it worse, lifting average debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratios from about 60% to 70%. The G20/Paris Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) was …

Green Finance Mechanisms in Developing Countries: Emerging Practice

To counter the devastating impact of COVID-19, calls are growing for countries to ‘build back better’ in an effort to create a more inclusive and sustainable economy that is climate resilient. Africa is facing glaring development and climate risk ch…

The Macroeconomic Impact of COVID-19 on Africa

This briefing tracks some of the major macroeconomic impacts that COVID-19 has had on African economies and how the pandemic has exacerbated historical structural economic deficiencies across the continent. It also provides an early analysis of the …

Comparative Study of Policy Responses to COVID-19 in LICs in Africa

This brief assesses the policy responses to COVID-19 among low-income countries (LICs) in Africa. While LICs have adopted expansionary fiscal and monetary policies in the face of economic lockdown, as well as other mitigation strategies, the scale a…

La Mesure des Vulnérabilités Sociales: L’éclairage de la COVID-19 / Measuring Social Vulnerabilities: Insights from COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has shed light on our knowledge of the limits of certain concepts for understanding social vulnerabilities. It invites researchers and decision-makers to distance themselves from conventional categories, and to engage in a deba…

La COVID-19 en Afrique: Bilan D’etape et Perspectives / COVID-19 in Africa: Progress Report and Prospects

This paper provides an assessment report and outlook for Covid-19 in Africa, based on statistics published by the World Health Organization (WHO) and by the African Union (AU) Center for the Prevention and Control of Diseases The analysis of globa…

The Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic in South Sudan - An Update

This policy brief studies the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Sudan. The findings are educative. First, the health effects of the pandemic in the country have been surprisingly less pronounced than expected, marked by very low mor…

Burundi and COVID-19: Africa's Representation in the International Media

The East African nation of Burundi has been on a knife-edge since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Political tensions – which have always loomed large in the divided country – deepened in the leadup to the May 2020 elections. Concern grew about a…

Poverty Consequences of COVID-19 Epidemic-induced Lockdowns in Senegal: Extent and Implications from a Household Survey

This paper aims to assess the short-run distributional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Senegal by specifically looking at income losses, poverty and inequality impacts, and how the Government would go about offsetting them. Using a detailed house…

Poverty and Distributional Effects of COVID-19 on Household in Kenya

The economic and social costs of COVID-19 pandemic have been felt across the globe. With new infections on the rise, it is a race against time for governments to re-look at some policy interventions necessary to provide appropriate coping and recove…

COVID-19 in Ghana: Consequences for Poverty, and Fiscal Implications

This paper estimates the poverty consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and its fiscal implications in Ghana using a micro-simulation analytical approach applied to household level data collected in 2016/2017 by the Ghana Statistical Service. The res…

The Short Run Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Poverty in Ethiopia

A significant fraction of recently surveyed Ethiopian rural and urban households report income losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This study estimates how large these income losses are likely to be and the consequent impact on the poverty s…

Mind the Gap: The Distributional Effects of South Africa's National Lockdown on Gender Wage Inequality

The COVID-19 pandemic has had severe and potentially long-lasting impacts on the South African economy since the onset of the national lockdown in March 2020. These effects have not been equally distributed. Employment effects have been disproportio…

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