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  • 28th May 2020

A vote for the People's Vaccine

Blue Lines

The overwhelming vote, backed by African and European delegations, at the World Health Organisation assembly on 18-20 May for coronavirus vaccines to be classed as global public goods – universally available under pooled patents – boosts organisations suc...

  • 14th May 2020

Credibility-distanced voting

Blue Lines

More than 20 African countries were due to hold elections in 2020. But electioneering is difficult and organising polls fraught with problems against a backdrop of lockdown measures to control the coronavirus pandemic.Ending the lockdown is the only way t...

  • 30th April 2020

A coronavirus rights crisis

Blue Lines

Concerns are deepening that authoritarian regimes in Africa are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to crack down on oppositionists and bolster surveillance of dissidents.  Activists are under attack in Uganda, where one of opposition leader Bobi Wine's p...

  • 16th April 2020

Cautious concession from the G-20

Blue Lines

So far, Africa has not seen the death tolls that have become daily reality in Europe and North America, but the scale of the damage to its economies from the coronavirus pandemic is becoming clearer.On 15 April, the International Monetary Fund forecast th...

  • 2nd April 2020

Politics of the pandemic

Blue Lines

In Europe, the coronavirus has brought the command economy back into fashion. Without similar financial resources, African governments will struggle to follow suit in subsidising businesses and wages and converting factories to make ventilators and protec...

  • 31st March 2020

Over half Africa's production suspended as debt and financing pressures mount

Patrick Smith

Coverage this week is dominated by the economic and political effects of the coronavirus pandemic in Africa, starting with South Africa and Nigeria. We're publishing an extra feature today on the response of the region's policymakers and the international...

  • 23rd March 2020

AFRICA/CORONAVIRUS: UN's Economic Commission for Africa calls for $100 billion cash boost and suspension of debt-repayments to counter pandemic

Patrick Smith

As the effects, direct and indirect, of the coronavirus pandemic course across Africa, we want you to know that our correspondents on the ground will be producing detailed reporting on the medical, political and security developments as well as the econom...

  • 19th March 2020

Denials of democracy

Blue Lines

We are all democrats now, at least up to a point. That point has been reached in a raft of West and East African states where the regional economic groupings were meant to be upholding higher standards of accountability and governance. The Economic Commun...

  • 5th March 2020

Coronavirus forces economic rethink

Blue Lines

It is a tragic paradox that African states, with experience of managing epidemics, are better placed than many other countries to contain the spread of Covid-19 nova coronavirus. Yet Africa is likely to be the region hardest hit by the indirect economic e...

  • 20th February 2020

Washington calling Africa

Blue Lines

If African leaders were confused by the US government's attitude towards their countries and continent, they were surely left none the wiser by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who visited Senegal, Ethiopia and Angola on a whistle-stop tour of the continen...

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