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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…

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…

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 Effects of COVID-19 Containment Measures on Local Food Farmers in Delta State

Aside from the health/mortality effects of the pandemic in Nigeria, the seemingly clearer effect is the impact of the social distancing and lockdown measures on the economy. How people make a living and access markets is impacted by covid-19 across …

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…

The Impact of COVID-19 in Morocco: Macroeconomic, Sectoral and Regional Effects

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the Moroccan economy hard, as elsewhere in the world. A collapse in external demand and a lockdown lasting more than three months have profoundly altered economic activity in Morocco, causing its first recession since 1…

Liberians Laud Government's COVID-19 Response but Claim Unfair Distribution of Relief Assistance

Liberia has won international praise for its response to the coronavirus. Perhaps drawing on its experience with the Ebola pandemic, the government moved early with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including screening at airports and a Sp…

Mauritians Praise Government's COVID-19 Response but Suspect Corruption, Distrust Politicians

The day after Mauritius recorded its first three cases of coronavirus in March 2020, the government closed the country’s borders and announced a nationwide lockdown. Schools were closed, public transport services were limited, private vehicles were …

Zambians Approve of Government's COVID-19 Response Despite Questions about Aid, Vaccines

Zambia recorded its first COVID-19 case on 18 March 2020. A week later, President Edgar Lungu closed all schools and universities, restaurants (except on a take-away basis), nightclubs, cinemas, and gyms; limited public gatherings to less than 50 pe…

The Effect of Lockdown Policies on International Trade: Evidence from Kenya

This study analyzes how Kenya’s import and export trade was affected by lockdown policies during the COVID-19 outbreak. Analysis is conducted using a weekly series of product-by-country data for the one-year period from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020…

The Plight of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises amidst COVID-19: A Post Lockdown Analysis Based on Business Climate Survey

The COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent containment measures have had devastating effects on Uganda’s businesses resulting in the economy’s general slowdown. Despite the macro-level impacts, evidence at a micro-level, especially regarding the post …

COVID-19 and the Labour Market: Estimating the Employment Effects of South Africa's National Lockdown

Like most around the world, the South African government quickly implemented a relatively stringent national lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although much research documenting the pandemic’s economic effects exists, these studies are …

Gambians Approve of Government's Handling of COVID-19 but don't Trust Vaccines

Within days after the Gambia registered its first coronavirus case on 17 March 2020, the government declared a state of public emergency. As the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths climbed, it closed the country’s airspace as well as sea and land bo…

Economic Impacts of an Epidemiologic Model: The Senegalese Case of COVID-19 in a Computable General Equilibrium-Multi-Agent System Model

Senegal is a developing country in West Africa whose current economic crisis is intimately linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. Necessary containment measures brought with them a significant economic cost, and de-confinement was designed to obtain a qui…

Zimbabweans Endorse Government's COVID-19 Response but Voice Concerns about Corruption and Lack of Assistance

Zimbabwe has not been spared the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of 16 June 2021, the country had recorded 40,077 confirmed cases and 1,635 deaths of COVID-19. Lockdowns have threatened many households with destitution and hunger. The governmen…

Lockdown Lessons: Violence and Policing in a Pandemic

Patterns of violence significantly changed with the introduction of South Africa’s 2020 COVID-19 lockdown. By monitoring murder trends, carrying out interviews and conducting a survey of over 5 000 residents in Cape Town, the Western Cape Government…

South Africans Support Government's COVID-19 Response but are Critical of Corruption and Skeptical of Vaccines

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in South Africa was identified on 5 March 2020. Since then, the country has recorded more than 2.3million cases and at least 70,018 deaths related to the disease, although the real death toll could be more than t…

Ghanaians' Acceptance of Security-related Restrictions Faces Test with COVID-19 Lockdown

Effective Monday, 30 March, parts of Greater Accra and Ashanti regions – the areas of Ghana most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic – were placed on lockdown, in accordance with President Nana Akufo-Addo’s announcement in his fourth address to the na…

COVID-19 Lockdown in South Africa Highlights Unequal Access to Services

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented pressures on governments, economies, and families, posing what many observers consider the largest global peace-time challenge since the Great Depression a century ago. In South Africa, the government m…

Food in the Time of Coronavirus: Why We Should Be Very, Very Afraid

The social legitimacy of the ‘COVID-19 lockdown’, government’s regulations imposed to contain the spread of the virus, is most likely to run aground unless an urgent plan can be made to ensure that everyone in the country has access to sufficient fo…

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