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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 …

Africa COVID-19 Update: Revisiting Policy Responses and the Long Road to Recovery

This brief looks at the experiences of the past four months in dealing and coping with COVID-19 pandemic in Africa and reflects on the responses governments have made in their fight against the pandemic and assesses how the dramatic steps such as re…

COVID-19 et santé Mentale: Les Incidences du Confinement sur la Santé Mentale / COVID-19 and Mental Health: The Impact of Lockdown on Mental Health

The global spread of COVID-19 has caused widespread fear and anxiety, first because of the fear of infection, the anguish of death, and then because of enduring uncertainties about the nature of the epidemic, its modes of transmission, its degree of…

COVID-19 and Mental Health: The Impact of Lockdown on Mental Health

The global spread of COVID-19 has caused widespread fear and anxiety, first because of the fear of infection, the anguish of death, and then because of enduring uncertainties about the nature of the epidemic, its modes of transmission, its degree …

The World Cup Effect: A New Avenue of Thought in Search of an Effective De-confinement Strategy

We explore a new avenue that could contribute to an effective de-confinement in the context of COVID-19. This phenomenon is known as the ‘World Cup Effect’. We first define this phenomenon and highlight its existence and its possible amplifying effe…

Social Assistance during South Africa's National Lockdown: Examining the COVID-19 Grant, Changes to the Child Support Grant, and Post-October Policy Options

In response to the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the South African government expanded its system of social assistance by increasing the amounts of all existing social grants and introducing a special COVID-19 grant, both for six months.…

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…

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