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Policy Leaders Fellows Talk: Africa in the era of COVID-19

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  • Tue 02 Jun 2020 14.00 - 16.30
  Add to Calendar 2020-06-02 14:00 2020-06-02 16:30 Europe/Paris Policy Leaders Fellows Talk: Africa in the era of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic poses unique challenges to global geopolitics especially at a time when global responses to the novel SARS-Cov-2 virus has shown serious gaps in the ability of current systems to manage such unforeseen crises within Western democracies. It is becoming increasingly clear that the virus knows no borders and respects no system of governance. However, it requires response that is borderless, instructive on cooperation and solidarity, and reflective of community. Though African countries, together, still account for a relatively smaller number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide, it is nonetheless experiencing some particular impact from this scourge. As the pandemic is still brewing and spreading worldwide, reactions by African leaders swung between different extremes. These include initial denial and delays in action to swift development and procurement of materials for testing and surveillance, prevention, control and clinical management.

Other interventions have included crisis management information, the provision of social welfare packages, and restrictions on local movement and international travel. National disease control agencies have also engaged in testing, treatments, and tracing of contacts and the African Union’s African Centre for Disease Control activated its emergency operation centre and Incident Management System as a continental response to the global pandemic. The relatively low cases of infections on a continent that is feared to be more vulnerable to the virus could be attributed to the ongoing national and continental intervention measures taken to stop the spread, but also could be attributed to relatively weaker funding and deployment of testing in order to identify cases.

Nonetheless, the continent that is traditionally found to have the most burdensome developmental challenges, and that has historically been affected by high incidents of poverty and conflict, will need more than an immediate and ‘fire brigade’ response to crises such as these. With this continental background in mind, this pilot STG PLF Panel Series seeks to discuss the African case study, with specific focus on the socio-economic and political impact of the pandemic on different sectors and aspects of society, including the preparedness of its systems to respond to crises such as these. 

The Fellows talks are a series where policy leader fellows introduce their works in progress for discussion to their peers and interested parties. 

Moderator:

MaryAnne Iwara, Policy Leader Fellow at the School of Transnational Governance, EUI

Speakers:

Luther-King Fasehun, PhD researcher in Epidemiology at Temple University in the United States.

Sally Deffor, Public Education Advisor on the EU’s ARAP (Accountability, Rule of law, and Anti-corruption) programme, and a Communications expert at the Aga Khan Development Network.

Annick-Laure Tchuendem, Policy Officer at the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

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The COVID-19 pandemic poses unique challenges to global geopolitics especially at a time when global responses to the novel SARS-Cov-2 virus has shown serious gaps in the ability of current systems to manage such unforeseen crises within Western democracies. It is becoming increasingly clear that the virus knows no borders and respects no system of governance. However, it requires response that is borderless, instructive on cooperation and solidarity, and reflective of community. Though African countries, together, still account for a relatively smaller number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide, it is nonetheless experiencing some particular impact from this scourge. As the pandemic is still brewing and spreading worldwide, reactions by African leaders swung between different extremes. These include initial denial and delays in action to swift development and procurement of materials for testing and surveillance, prevention, control and clinical management.

Other interventions have included crisis management information, the provision of social welfare packages, and restrictions on local movement and international travel. National disease control agencies have also engaged in testing, treatments, and tracing of contacts and the African Union’s African Centre for Disease Control activated its emergency operation centre and Incident Management System as a continental response to the global pandemic. The relatively low cases of infections on a continent that is feared to be more vulnerable to the virus could be attributed to the ongoing national and continental intervention measures taken to stop the spread, but also could be attributed to relatively weaker funding and deployment of testing in order to identify cases.

Nonetheless, the continent that is traditionally found to have the most burdensome developmental challenges, and that has historically been affected by high incidents of poverty and conflict, will need more than an immediate and ‘fire brigade’ response to crises such as these. With this continental background in mind, this pilot STG PLF Panel Series seeks to discuss the African case study, with specific focus on the socio-economic and political impact of the pandemic on different sectors and aspects of society, including the preparedness of its systems to respond to crises such as these. 

The Fellows talks are a series where policy leader fellows introduce their works in progress for discussion to their peers and interested parties. 

Moderator:

MaryAnne Iwara, Policy Leader Fellow at the School of Transnational Governance, EUI

Speakers:

Luther-King Fasehun, PhD researcher in Epidemiology at Temple University in the United States.

Sally Deffor, Public Education Advisor on the EU’s ARAP (Accountability, Rule of law, and Anti-corruption) programme, and a Communications expert at the Aga Khan Development Network.

Annick-Laure Tchuendem, Policy Officer at the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).


Location:
Outside EUI premises -

Affiliation:
School of Transnational Governance

Type:
Discussion Group

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