Why Innovation Will Be Key to Africa’s Post-COVID Rebuilding

A woman walks by a market in Lagos, Nigeria, Dec. 31, 2020 (AP photo by Sunday Alamba).
A woman walks by a market in Lagos, Nigeria, Dec. 31, 2020 (AP photo by Sunday Alamba).
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Most African countries have fared relatively well in their responses to the coronavirus pandemic, reporting rates of infection and mortality that are far below those seen across much of Europe and the Americas. Yet Africa is expected to take a huge economic hit from the pandemic and its associated containment measures, with the African Development Bank forecasting that an additional 50 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty across the continent. Vaccination drives and economic relief packages will certainly be important to contain the damage. But according to author and researcher Efosa Ojomo, emerging-market nations should be aiming to […]

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