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23 October 2020

Analysing the impact of COVID-19 on Africa

The African Leadership Centre hosts a discussion with panellists from across the continent on the effects of COVID-19 and African leaders’ response to the crisis

A health worker conducts a COVID-19 temperature check in Africa

A two-part panel discussion presenting research findings on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa addressed several questions on the continent’s seemingly successful response to the global pandemic.

As Professor Ismail Rashid pointed out in his opening remarks:

Africa has done much better as a continent than the rest of the world. For scholars, this is a conundrum. Why is it that the continent which is usually seen as the home to all of humanities’ woes is managing and responding much better than countries such as Europe and North America?

Professor Ismail Rashid

The panels explored possible reasons for the continent’s success in limiting the impacts of COVID-19, while also examining how the virus has begun to shape the economic and political future of Africa.

The event formed part of King’s Africa Week 2020, which has sought to explore knowledge production, decoloniality and higher education in Africa; global blackness and its intersection with policy; transnational solidarity and Africa’s response to COVID-19.

The panels were led by Shuvai Busuman Nyoni, Director of the African Leadership Centre (ALC), and leading ALC scholar Professor Ismail Rashid. Part two of the discussion features Fellows and students form the African Leadership Centre, who present on aspects of their MSc dissertations, looking at societal mobilisation and leadership in response to COVID-19.

Part 2

Chaired by Shuvai Busuman and Professor Ismail Rashid

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ALC Nairobi staff