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Issue No: 24/2020

COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor – 30 September 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

Ambassador Said Djinnit, a special advisor to ACCORD, features in this week’s Monitor with his reflections on how COVID-19 has not only disrupted Africa’s peace and security agenda and crucial programmes scheduled for 2020, such as those relating to Silencing the Guns, but has also impacted on the African Union’s (AU) effective responses to complex conflict situations.

Efforts by the Government of Uganda to manage the spread of COVID-19 in the country have involved a multisectoral approach, which has been informed by previous efforts to manage other pandemics such as Ebola. These are discussed by Dr Vinand M. Nantulya.

Salihu Musa Umar calls for targeted approaches and direct engagements with pastoralists and farming communities in Nigeria during this COVID-19 period. This week’s Monitor ends with a piece by Yida Seydou Diall on the extent to which COVID-19 has impacted all sectors of life in Mali, including social, cultural and economic livelihoods, especially among those already vulnerable.

Managing Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
Chief Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor​
Photo: Ashraf Shazly/AFP via Getty Images
Photo: Ashraf Shazly/AFP via Getty Images
Said Djinnit
Cross-border / Inter-State tensions, Features

The COVID-19 crisis consequences: disrupting the African peace and security agenda

  • Ambassador Said Djinnit

Despite its obvious limits and constraints, the African Union (AU) has been doing its utmost to address peace and security challenges in Africa. However, over the past few years, the involvement of external powers has drastically increased at the expense of seeking African solutions to African problems. This trend has deepened during the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent reduction of meetings, field visits and peace initiatives by the AU.

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Photo: Brian Ongoro/AFP via Getty Images
Photo: Brian Ongoro/AFP via Getty Images
Vinand M Nantulya
Trust between Citizens & Institutions

Combating COVID-19: Uganda’s race against the clock

  • Vinand M. Nantulya

When the COVID-19 outbreak began to emerge as a global crisis, countries around the world were forced to react and prepare for a potential outbreak within their borders. For many, closing their borders was an immediate solution, but for Uganda, it was a measure to buy time for a public health approach composed of multisector strategies that had proven successful time and time again in the country’s response to epidemics.

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Photo: kendrasm1th
Salihu Musa Umar
Political Unrest or Violence

The effects of COVID-19 on farmers and pastoralist communities

  • Salihu Musa Umar

There is an important need for relevant stakeholders to adopt strategies aimed at reaching out to farming and pastoralist communities, if the fight for the mitigation and possible eradication of the COVID-19 pandemic is to have any meaningful effect.

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Photo: Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Photo: Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Yida Seydou Diall
Political Unrest or Violence

The effects of COVID-19 on the situation in Mali

  • Yida Seydou Diall

COVID-19 has affected all sectors of Malian society, especially the security, economic and social dimensions. In terms of security, the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have enabled jihadists to firmly re-establish themselves in central Mali and to make new inroads towards the west of the country. Economically and socially, COVID-19 and the measures introduced to prevent it have severely disrupted the lives of many people in Mali.

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