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Issue No: 30/2020

COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor – 11 November 2020

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

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ACCORD COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
References: AfricaCDC, ACLED and African Arguments

In this week’s edition, the Monitor features a think piece by Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, chair of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA), a technical committee of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), in which she shares some thoughts on the current and future impacts of COVID-19 on public service.

We also feature an article from the general secretary of the All African Council of Churches (AACC), Rev. Dr Fidon Mwombeki, who argues that COVID-19 has changed our outlook about the world and humanity, especially given that none of us could have imagined that with all our technological advances, a pandemic could bring the world to its knees.

Considering that it is now 245 days since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, ACCORD colleagues Dr Cedric de Coning, Marisha Ramdeen and Dr Martin Rupiya provide an update, from the data collected, on the impacts that COVID-19 has had on peace and security across Africa to date. This week’s Monitor ends with a piece by Kealeboga J. Maphunye, who uses the recent American elections to contribute to ongoing debates about the holding of elections in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Managing Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
Chief Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor​
Photo: Cleopatra Adedeji/CDC
Photo: Cleopatra Adedeji/CDC
Geraldine J Fraser-Moleketi
Features, Trust between Citizens & Institutions

Future implications of the impact of COVID-19 on governance and public service

  • Geraldine J. Fraser-Moleketi

What will governance and public service be like post COVID-19? We will not and should not revert to “business as usual” after this crisis. We should draw on the maxim from the United Nations (UN) 2030 agenda – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – to “leave no one behind” in achieving a more sustainable, equitable, inclusive and secure/peaceful future. We should start a dialogue about the current and future implications of COVID-19 on governance and public service.

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Photo: GCIS
Photo: GCIS
Fidon Mwombeki
Features, Trust between Citizens & Institutions

Lessons from COVID-19 for effective governance and sustainable peace in Africa

  • Fidon Mwombeki

COVID-19 has been quite a challenge to the world. It has made us question so many of the things we took for granted. It has changed the outlook and stereotypes we had about the world and humanity. For example, nobody imagined that with the current developments in technology and medicine, a pandemic could bring the world to its knees like this one has. COVID-19 has also questioned the impression we in Africa had that pandemics kill so many of our people, because of our lack of resources in terms of knowledge and facilities. This pandemic has shown that the world realities are more complex than we thought we know and we have mastered.

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ACCORD COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
References: ACLED
Marisha-Ramdeen
Cedric de Coning
Martin Rupiya
Livelihood Insecurity & Economic Impact

COVID-19 has revealed an Africa characterised by resilience rather than conflict

  • Marisha Ramdeen
  • Cedric de Coning
  • Martin Revayi Rupiya

It is now 245 days since the WHO declared that COVID-19 constitutes a global pandemic, on 11 March 2020. Many commentators predicted that Africa, with its high levels of poverty, fragile institutions and weak public health systems, would be particularly badly affected by COVID-19, and that it could result in the collapse of social and political stability. Despite rising numbers of infections and severe economic hardships, Africa’s public health systems have not been overwhelmed, people in need have found support and the social order has not disintegrated.

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Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty Images
Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty Images
Kealeboga J Maphunye
Trust between Citizens & Institutions

The 2020 American elections amidst COVID-19: Implications for Africa’s electoral democracy

  • Kealeboga J. Maphunye

The 2020 United States of America (USA) elections were held during the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, when many countries’ economies declined and when civil and human rights were suspended. Globally, the pandemic seriously questioned traditions and norms, even in the management of elections. Many countries’ elections, by-elections, referenda and all civic matters – such as meetings in villages, towns or cities – were deferred indefinitely following subsequent lockdowns. Similarly, conflict resolution efforts, especially in Africa, were also adversely affected, as security was increasingly tightened through lockdowns and interstate travel was curtailed.

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