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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…

COVID-19: Are We Asking the Right Questions about ... Small Businesses and their Struggle for Survival?

Ann Bernstein said that the challenges small businesses face during this crisis are complex and vital to overcome for South Africa’s future. SA does not really know how many SMMEs there are in the country, nor is there agreement about how we should …

COVID-19: Are We Asking the Right Questions about ... Unlocking the Economy?

Thinking hard about the right way to unlock the economy was the theme of CDE’s webinar. CDE executive director, Ann Bernstein, set out the challenges at the beginning of the discussion: “Nobody knows how best to deal with the complex set of issues a…

The Economics of COVID-19 in South Africa: Early Impressions

South Africa’s efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic have been relatively rapid and comprehensive by international standards. Around passing 100 confirmed cases, a National state of Disaster was declared, and the country was placed under a comple…

Peace & Security Council Report Issue 126

This report comprises the following short articles: On page 2 the article is titled: "The Central African Republic at another turning point" - The Central African Republic (CAR) is scheduled to hold the first round of its legislative and presidenti…

Public Trust, Capacity and COVID-19: Early Lessons from Africa

Some African states should be lauded for their response to the pandemic; for moving quickly, for using best practices learned from past health crises, and for deploying scientifically-based solutions—all while Western leaders dithered. Ahmed Ogwell …

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