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Development challenges in Africa in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

Online conference in partnership with UONGOZI Institute, 11-12 February 2021
United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) in partnership with UONGOZI Institute will organize a two-day online conference on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in Africa. The online conference will take place 11-12 February 2021.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented social and economic crisis in Africa and the rest of the world. The social and economic consequences across the world are likely to be severe with respect to public health outcomes as well as global economic slowdown. Many countries in Africa have enacted policies to suppress the transmission of COVID-19 that may have met public health objectives, but have negatively affected economic activities and livelihoods of the poor.

This conference will bring together participants from scholarly, policy and business communities to discuss the policy challenges faced by Africa in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Featuring presentations from leading scholars and policy makers the conference provides a forum to discuss the socioeconomic implications, development challenges and potential policy solutions to the crisis in the context of the African continent.

The first day of the conference will discuss the development challenges and impact of the crisis on the African economies, with keynote addresses by Vera Songwe (Executive Secretary, UNECA) and Benno Ndulu (a former Governor of the Bank of Tanzania), followed by a panel discussion on the macroeconomic implications.

The second day will delve deeper into the challenges caused by the pandemic, sharing latest research results on the implications for livelihoods and welfare as well as health, education and gender. The conference will close with a policy panel discussion on the new normal and future development of  Africa, featuring specialists from UN, the African Development Bank, and UN-OHRLLS.

This event is organized within the collaborative programme on sustainable development in Tanzania.