Context Matters – Why Africa Should Tailor its Own Measures to Fight Covid-19

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Abstract

African governments have been faster than most of their European counterparts in imposing measures to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak despite dealing with numerous other challenges. However, context matters, and for Africa, the political and socioeconomic consequences of the lockdown measures may cause more havoc than the actual virus.

This brief identifies political, economic and social risks related to coronavirus responses in Africa and emphasises the disproportionate burden carried by women. It argues that localised measures, which include dialogue, transparency and flexibility, may be the only realistic way forward, while underlining the need for wealthier states to provide generous aid packages, debt cancellations and continued investments in order for Africa to pull through yet another challenge

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  • Political Science
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publication or newspaperAfrica Policy Brief
PublisherEgmont Institute
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Apr
Publication categoryResearch