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Evaluating Africa’s COVID-19 Responses – Managing Risks and Setting Priorities

Evaluating Africa’s COVID-19 Responses – Managing Risks and Setting Priorities

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

George Lwanda, Charity Amayaenvbo, Kadidia Konare, Clayton Hazvinei Vhumbunu

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Key takeaways: 

  • Throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, government policy responses have been slow, testing regimes have been poor, and medical personnel have been lacking.

  • The flaws of healthcare regimes and infrastructure throughout the continent have been exposed to varying degrees. Many sub-Saharan countries have few ICU beds and have sent patients home for treatment, increasing the risk of infection.

  • The virus is threatening the immense progress that Africa has made in recent years – life expectancy has decreased, education facilities have closed, and gender-based violence is rising.

  • Two positive aspects of the crisis: Cooperation among countries through the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has been effective, while partnerships between countries and international organizations and NGOs have been helpful. 

  • Two lessons: First, African governance needs to be improved to increase transparency and encourage pragmatic leadership during crises. Second, investments in technology, infrastructure and education must increase to equip the next generation with better tools to tackle a future pandemic and other new challenges.
About the Speakers

2018 AsiaGlobal Fellow, Asia Global Institute

George Lwanda

George Lwanda is a 2018 AsiaGlobal Fellow. He is senior strategist and head of the United Nations resident coordinator’s office in The Gambia.

2019 AsiaGlobal Fellow, Asia Global Institute

Charity Amayaenvbo

Charity Amayaenvbo is a 2019 AsiaGlobal Fellow and the executive director of income tax at Edo State Internal Revenue Service, Nigeria. 

2020/21 AsiaGlobal Fellow, Asia Global Institute

Kadidia Konare

Kadidia Konare is a 2020/21 Tanoto AsiaGlobal Fellow. She is a senior investment officer with the Asia Infrastructure and Natural Resources Industry Group at the International Finance Corporation (IFC).  

2020/21 AsiaGlobal Fellow, Asia Global Institute

Clayton Hazvinei Vhumbunu

Clayton Hazvinei Vhumbunu is a 2020/21 New World AsiaGlobal Fellow. He is a technical officer of the Faculty of Humanities at Rhodes University. 


Date/ Time: Jul 22, Wed 0500 Washington DC; 0900 The Gambia; 1000 Nigeria; 1100 South Africa; 1700 Hong Kong

Apart from certain countries such as South Africa, Africa has relatively low per-capita Covid-19 infection rates compared with other parts of the world. But the economic and health challenges are significant because of the continent’s relatively less developed economies and infrastructure. 

As the pandemic continues to ravage the world, what policy responses should African governments take to secure livelihoods and economic recovery while containing the virus? Besides debt relief from the World Bank and other multilateral institutions, what else could be done to provide the fiscal space to help African countries survive and thrive in the post-pandemic world? How do geopolitics, particularly the US-China strategic competition, affect Africa’s fight against the pandemic?

Join AsiaGlobal Fellows Charity Amayaenvbo (Nigeria), George Lwanda (South Africa), Clayton Hazvinei Vhumbunu (Zimbabwe) and Kadidia Konare (Mali) as they offer on-the-ground insights on Africa’s Covid-19 responses.

All are welcome.



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