The coronavirus finally arrived in sub-Saharan Africa, one of the last regions of the world to be affected by the pandemic. As much as reasonable arguments have been made with regard to a direct, “specifically African” impact of the virus – due to the likes of climate, median age, population density, human mobility, and so on – the region will not be spared a shocking economic impact. While governments are adopting lockdown measures, often not sustainable for poor people working in the informal sector, fragile health systems struggle to respond to the emergency. How will the pandemic shape Africa’s future? Will African governments be able to effectively tackle the global health crisis and its economic effects?
* Giovanni Carbone, Head of the ISPI Africa Programme and Professor of Political Science at the Università degli Studi di Milano. * Camillo Casola, Associate Research Fellow at ISPI Africa Programme.
ISPI = Italian Institute for International Political Studies
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