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COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor – 23 June 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
References: AfricaCDC, ACLED and African Arguments

In this week’s Monitor we share the remarks of Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa, at the G7 Summit 2021 where he stressed the need for global cooperation to respond to COVID-19. In particular, President Ramaphosa focused on the importance of diversifying and expanding the manufacturing of medical products and equipment, a development that has been kick-started by the mRNA COVID vaccine hub in South Africa by the World Health Organization. 

From COVID-19 responses to the resurgence of the origins debate, Faith Mabera takes us through the meta-narratives surrounding the genesis of the virus arguing that the pandemic is not merely about the scientific dimension but also includes sociological, political and ethical considerations.

Finally, we conclude with a piece from Mwansa Rodgers who reflects on the legacy of the late former President Kenneth Kaunda and what this means for the upcoming August elections in Zambia.

Special Guest Editor
Managing Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
Managing Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
Chief Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor​
Photo: GCIS on Flickr
Photo: GCIS on Flickr
Trust between Citizens & Institutions

The Fight Against COVID-19 needs Global Co-operation

  • H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa

South Africa commends the G7 and other countries present for the collective action taken to overcome the current global health crisis and the commitment to create a better, greener and more prosperous world. Ending the pandemic must be our most immediate priority.  COVID-19 is not over. 

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World Bank / Henitsoa Rafalia
World Bank / Henitsoa Rafalia

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned out to be a major crucible for globalization and the interconnected world order, and its multi-faceted impact has dwarfed World War II and the Global Financial Crisis in terms of both compound effects and shocks on a global scale.

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Trust between Citizens & Institutions

Invoking KK’s ‘One Zambia One Nation’ for peaceful elections in Zambia

  • Mwansa Rodgers

As Zambians head to the polls in August 2021, learning from past electoral experiences will be valuable. Bearing in mind that the country is still battling with many challenges associated with the outbreak of the pandemic, this piece argues that avoiding a twin struggle of COVID-19 impacts and electoral violence, by conducting free, fair, credible and peaceful August elections would be the best option to enhance democratic principles and maintain the international standard of holding peaceful elections that Zambia has set for many years.

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