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COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor – 05 August 2021

During the COVID-19 crisis ACCORD's analysis is focused on the impact of the pandemic on conflict and resilience in Africa.

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References: AfricaCDC, ACLED and African Arguments

In this week’s Monitor, we feature an in-depth analysis of the situation in Tunisia from Na’eem Jeenah – Executive Director of the Afro-Middle East Centre. Explaining that the next few weeks will be crucial for the state of Tunisia’s democracy, Mr Jeenah expounds on the political, economic and societal implications of the latest actions taken by President Kais Saied.

Staying with the theme of trust between citizens and institutions, Dr Kenneth S. Ombongi argues that there is a growing deficit of trust between governments and citizens based on state responses to COVID-19 in Africa. In this piece, Dr Ombongi calls on governments to rethink standardised approaches to the pandemic.

Finally, Dr Enock Nyorekwa Twinoburyo reflects on how the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa have been affected by COVID-19 arguing that the extent and success of Africa’s recovery is largely dependent on strong leadership and solidarity.

Special Guest Editor
Managing Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
Chief Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor​
Managing Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
Assistant Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor​
DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando
DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando
Na'eem-Jeenah
Trust between Citizens & Institutions

Tunisia at a cross-road: Implications for its democracy

  • Na’eem Jeenah

Tunisia had been regarded by many as the only one of those states in the Middle and North Africa region, which experienced uprisings in 2011, to have navigated dangerous waters and, with all its faults and challenges, to have managed to maintain a democratic course. On 25 July 2021, President Kais Saied, shattered that notion when he fired the Prime Minister, Hichem Mechichi, suspended the parliament, and declared that he would appoint a new head of government.

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Photo by Patrick Meinhardt/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Photo by Patrick Meinhardt/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Kenneth-S.-Ombongi
Trust between Citizens & Institutions

Time to rethink the one-size-fits-all approach against COVID-19 in Africa

  • Kenneth S. Ombongi

Over the past several months, the most prominent situation throughout Africa has been the trust deficit in the government-led COVID-19 pandemic campaign among citizens, communities and diverse social aggregates.

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Photos: GCIS
Photos: GCIS

Africa now faces the fastest increase in COVID-19 infections while also remaining at the tail end in the respective vaccination roll-out, with just 1.5% of Africa’s population fully vaccinated (about 18 million) compared to over 50% in some advanced economies as reported by WHO and even with future vaccine supplies to the continent – less than 30% are expected to be vaccinated by the end of 2021.

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