Carlos Lopes

Africa’s fateful choice

With Africa reeling from multiple crises this year, the region’s governments will have to direct their policy responses not just toward short-term recovery, but also toward long-term sustainability and resilience. Africa simply cannot afford any more investments in the dirty, inefficient, fragile economy of the past. CAPE TOWN – The International Monetary Fund predicts that …

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Can a virus accelerate change in Africa

Confinements, lockdowns, social distancing, masks, and protective equipment have all become part of the new vocabulary used in Africa. This may be no different from other parts of the world. But the implications of COVID-19 can be far-reaching for the continent with some of the lowest human development indicators in the globe. African countries have been …

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Comment une reprise post-Covid-19 pourrait conduire à une Afrique plus résiliente

Il est impossible de le contourner: la crise du Covid-19 frappera particulièrement les Africains. Même si le taux d’infection reste faible, la dévastation socio-économique se fait déjà sentir. L’accès à l’eau potable et aux services de santé de base reste un défi sur tout le continent, ce qui rend les mesures de confinement prises par …

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How a Covid-19 recovery could lead to a more resilient Africa

There is no getting around it: the Covid-19 crisis will hit Africa’s people particularly hard. Even if the infection rate remains low, the socioeconomic devastation is already being felt. Access to clean water supply and basic health services remain a challenge throughout the continent, making the containment measures taken by most countries all the more challenging. Beyond …

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Thandika Mkandawire

Thandika Mkandawire: a tree for African intellectuals to lean and consult

Professor Thandika Mkandawire, the Malawian economist, passed away in late March. Influential African intellectuals, as well as his many admirers and academics the world over, are still distilling the disappearance of one of the most prolific and creative minds they have ever come across. The disheartening news hit me while under confinement in Cape Town, …

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The World on Reset mode (first published by Amadeus Institute)

O mundo em modo reiniciar

Estamos familiarizados com as irritantes atualizações de sistemas de software que perturbam os nossos computadores e smartphones, acreditamos nós, funcionais. Normalmente, começa com um alerta para a necessidade de atualizações ou poderemos ter problemas de segurança ou bloqueios por incompatibilidades com outras aplicações e sistemas operativos. Nestes casos costumamos depararmo-nos com três opções: substituir o dispositivo …

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Virus Outbreak South Africa

For Africa’s sake, the west should be selfish this time

The COVID-19 pandemic cannot be classified as a surprise. Several studies, intelligence reports and epidemiologic knowledge all predicted some infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome would likely spread around the world. The recent warnings of coronavirus type of infections had been limited in geographical range to circumscribed regions, but strong enough to justify …

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L’Europe et l’Afrique après Covid-19 : il est temps d’ajouter de la taille, de l’échelle et de la vitesse

Depuis 2000, les dirigeants européens et africains parlent de donner au partenariat entre les deux continents une dimension «nouvelle stratégique». En 2007, ils ont réitéré leur ambition de se réunir “en prenant conscience des leçons et des expériences du passé, mais aussi dans la certitude que notre avenir commun nécessite une approche audacieuse”. Pourquoi alors, …

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Africa Must Choose Renewables Over Coal

African governments should strengthen strategies and policies aimed at encouraging the transition to a new climate economy and increasing investment in clean energy. By phasing out fossil fuels, Africa can lead by example in the global effort to combat climate change. Cape Town – African heads of state and government are convening at the annual …

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