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COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor – 23 July 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 a piece from the Commissioner for Gender, Human and Social Development Commission of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Kapinga Yvette Ngandu. Her piece reflects on the status of child labour in Central Africa in the context of COVID-19 and offers recommendations on how to combat child labour in Central Africa’s mining sector.

Moving to Southern Africa, ACCORD’s Rumbidzaishe Matambo provides an update of the COVID-19 situation in Zimbabwe and specifically looks at the politicization of the COVID-19 vaccine and its impact on Zimbabwe and Africa.

Finally, we return to our ongoing commentary on the GERD with a piece from Anne Funnemark, who outlines the legalities around the dam dispute. This is based on a longer report from the Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) entitled, Water Resources and Inter-state Conflict: Legal Principles and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

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Source: AfricaCDC
Rumbidzaishe Matambo
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Global Vaccine Politics and its impact on Africa – the case of Zimbabwe

  • Rumbidzaishe Matambo

With new technologies and the evolution of medical science in the twenty first century, the COVID-19 vaccine was developed faster than vaccines for previous pandemics and epidemics. Vaccine nationalism, where some governments signed agreements with pharmaceutical manufacturers to supply their own populations with vaccines before they had become available for other countries, has led to the politicization of COVID-19 vaccines.

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Nkana open pit in Kitwe (By Per Arne Wilson – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0)
Nkana open pit in Kitwe (By Per Arne Wilson – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0)

It was particularly pleasing for me, on the occasion of the International Year for the Abolition of Child Labour, Forced Labour and Trafficking in Persons, which Africa celebrated on 18 June 2021, to launch a reflection on child labour in Central Africa, particularly in the mining sector, and the influence of COVID-19 on this unfortunate scourge. The problem of child labour in the world, and particularly in Africa, is a major issue that deserves to be addressed with the utmost rigour and urgency.

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Zacharias Abubeker/Bloomberg via Getty
Zacharias Abubeker/Bloomberg via Getty

Amid the climate emergency, access to freshwater is a potential source of tension and conflict between states. One example of tension tied up to a transboundary watercourse is the on-going dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia over the water resources of the River Nile. A long-standing dispute between the countries has gained tension due to the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) by Ethiopia.

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