Images from left: World Bank/Henitsoa Rafalia, World Bank/Rob Beechey, UNICEF/Frank Dejongh

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

Online conference, 11-12 February 2021
This was a two-day online conference convened by UNU-WIDER on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.

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 brought 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 provided a forum to discuss the socioeconomic implications, development challenges and potential policy solutions to the crisis in the context of the African continent.

Session videos and presentations
Session 1: Opening and keynote address

Session 2: Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on African economies

Session 3: Implications of COVID-19 pandemic on livelihoods and welfare

Session 4: The new normal and future development of Africa