GAN Global in partnership with the African Union Commission, the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) and the British Council convened a webinar on 14 August, linked to International Youth Day, to engage on current policy and practical solutions to COVID-19. All partners highlighted the need to ensure a robust and agile response to the pandemic which has been progressing unabated globally. Of relevance to the discussion was the profound impact on the world of work.
In addition to the threat to public health, the economic and social disruption occasioned by COVID-19 threatens the long-term livelihoods and wellbeing of millions. How the damage of the global outbreak spills over on the African economy in the medium-term may be far more severe than its health impact, given the continent’s weaker economies, the extent of the informal economy and the dependency on aid and international donor support.