COVID-19: Impacts on African economies

Economic challenges and social safety net responses

The 20th PEGNet Policy Brief written by Hannah Wanjie Ryder and Angela Benefo deals with the impacts of COVID-19 on African economies. Hannah Wanjie Ryder and Angela Benefo both work at Development Reimagined, an international development consultancy based in Beijing. Hannah Ryder is the CEO of Development Reimagined and former head of policy and partnerships for the United Nations Development Programme in China.

In the policy brief "COVID-19: Impacts on African economies – economic challenges and social safety net responses", they explore the evidence on direct and indirect effects of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable countries. Furthermore, they summarize actions that African governments have taken and present four “innovative ideas” to consider in the future, especially to continue poverty reduction and sustainable development, as part of Africa’s COVID-19 recovery plan and in partnership with development actors, including China.

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