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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.…

COVID-19 and Digital Repression in Africa

The current global pattern of democratic retrenchment has multiple causes, including economic inequality, American imperial overreach, and increased migration, all of which have led to disillusionment with democratic systems, and inspired a populist…

The Global COVID-19 Health Pandemic and its Implications for the African Economies

The current Covid-19 pandemic is damaging business ecosystems, affecting livelihoods, and threatening to reverse sub-Saharan Africa’s development progress and growth projections. It has once again exposed the fragility of many of the institutions ac…

Sudanese Approve of COVID-19 Lockdown but Critical of Government's Pandemic Performance

Shortly after Sudan recorded its first COVID-19 case on 13 March 2020, the government announced a raft of containment measures, including restrictions on visas and air travel and a lockdown closing schools and universities, shops, markets, restauran…

A Rapid Assessment of the Effect of the COVID-19 Lockdown on Micro, Small and Medium Transport Businesses in Uganda

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Uganda has instituted two lockdowns—in March 2020 and June 2021. The second lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 has had far-reaching effects on a wide range of businesses. A rapid assessment was co…

The Effects of COVID-19 Lockdowns on Ugandan Businesses: A Comparison of the 2020 and 2021 Lockdowns

The Uganda government instituted a second COVID-19 lockdown in June 2021 for 42 days to contain the health impact of the second wave of the pandemic. This slowed and, in some cases, halted business recovery from the March 2020 lockdown. In addition,…

Disruptions from the Second COVID-19 Lockdown Affect the Business Environment, and the Future Outlook Remains Downcast

The Business Climate Index (BCI) remained below potential for the sixth consecutive quarter since the 2020 first quarter (January-March 2020). Nonetheless, business perceptions in the current quarter (April-June 2021) improved slightly by 5 basis po…

Limited Access to Electricity and Digital Technologies a Barrier to E-Learning in Uganda

On March 15, 2020, Uganda’s government ordered the closure of all primary and secondary schools, universities, and other educational institutions to stem the spread of COVID-19, keeping approximately 15 million children out of school. Twelve months …

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