Africa Covid19 Financial Services 

Nigeria likely to go into severe recession due to COVID-19, Oil price crash

The World Bank made this known in a statement in Abuja on Thursday as part of its latest Nigeria Development Update (NDU). The bank said the report indicated that Nigeria in Times of COVID-19: Laying Foundations for a Strong Recovery, estimated that the country’s economy would likely contract by 3.2 per cent in 2020. It stated that this projection assumed that the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria would be contained by the third quarter of 2020. It however noted that If the spread of the virus became more severe, the…

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Advertising Africa 

How Rwanda is spurring a generation of women in technology

Rwanda is renowned as a leader of gender equality. In 2020, it was the only African country ranked in the top 10 of the World Economic Online forum’s International Gender Gap Report. It ranked in the leading four in the Report’s political empowerment classification, in recognition of the high proportion of Rwandese women lawmakers and ministers. The nation therefore appeared a natural suitable for a 2018 pilot program of the African Development Bank’s Coding for Work initiative, with Nigeria, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal. The Coding for Employment flagship program…

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Africa Covid19 

Devastating South Sudan coronavirus deaths,’a tragedy that can be prevented’, Security Council hears

But limited testing and social stigmatization is likely obscuring the true magnitude of the pandemic, said Mr. Shearer, who heads the UN Mission in the world’s youngest nation (UNMISS). The Mission’s greatest fear is that the additional pressure of responding to COVID-19 on South Sudan’s weak healthcare system will disrupt vaccinations, maternal health services and treatment for curable diseases like malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia. The result could be a “devastating” increase in deaths that would likely greater than the loss of life from COVID-19 itself. “COVID is going to hit hard, but…

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Australasia Covid19 

Why New Zealand decided to go for full elimination of the coronavirus

New Zealand has been widely praised for its aggressive response to covid-19. At the time of writing, the country had just 10 active cases. But Michael Baker, the doctor who formulated New Zealand’s elimination strategy, says that even some of his colleagues initially thought it was too radical a plan and resisted its implementation. “Some likened it to using a sledgehammer to kill a flea,” he says. The first case of covid-19 in New Zealand was recorded on 28 February. Like most countries, it initially planned to gradually tighten its…

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Covid19 North America 

Racism in Canada needs to stop

Indigenous people, along with other people of colour in Canada, are like children in a dysfunctional home. We feel somehow responsible and we want to do something about it, but as long as the parents continue to drink, fight, gamble and carry on there is nothing we can do. Sometimes we just sit back and watch the white majority tie themselves in knots as they try to explain racism and how and why it doesn’t apply to them. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh had the temerity to call a spade a…

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