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COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor – 22 September 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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ACCORD COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor

In this week’s monitor we focus on Africa’s youth. We start with a feature article by Dr. Monica Juma, the Cabinet Secretary for Defence of the Republic of Kenya.  She shares insights into the role that the youth can and must play in peacebuilding in Africa. Dr. Juma argues that the youth need to support each other’s work towards bridging the gaps created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our second article is by ACCORD’s Keenan Govender who writes an article about the many examples of innovation that Africa’s youth have undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic. He shows how, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to Burkina Faso, to Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, and many more African countries, young people have developed and pioneered different information sharing initiatives and platforms to educate each other on protection and mitigation measures against COVID-19 and to halt the dissemination of misinformation.

We close with an article by Zainab Usman and Juliette Ovadia on Africa’s vaccine production capacity.  They argue that the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the need for Africa to expand its vaccine production capacity to better serve the continent in the long term.

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ACCORD COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
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Features, Trust between Citizens & Institutions

Africa’s Youth: A Hope for the Future

  • Monica Juma

There is no such thing as a small task when it comes to peacebuilding, and so all the work that young people are doing, whether it be advocacy, messaging, mobilising, or assisting those that are in distress, every one of those acts are critical to creating sustainable peace in the world.

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Trust between Citizens & Institutions

Is There Any COVID-19 Vaccine Production in Africa?

  • Zainab Usman
  • Juliette Ovadia

More than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, the African continent has fully vaccinated only 3 percent of its 1.2 billion people. This vaccination rate lags far behind other parts of the world, including Europe (nearly 50 percent), North America (44 percent), Asia (32 percent), and South America (33 percent). At this rate, it appears that neither the African Union’s goal of 60 percent vaccination by 2023 nor the global vaccine distribution mechanism COVAX’s goal of 20 percent by 2022 will be reached in time.

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Livelihood Insecurity & Economic Impact

Africa’s Young People Innovate in the Face of COVID-19

  • Keenan Govender

Despite bearing the brunt of the non-health implications of COVID-19, young people in Africa have shown great resilience, inventiveness, and inclination to do whatever necessary to recover better from the pandemic. Indeed, young Africans have leveraged the media, traditional and contemporary alike, to raise awareness and garner support for efforts which will bring an end to the pandemic and its negative influences.

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