This week’s Monitor features El-Ghassim Wane, professor of international affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, former chief of staff and chief advisor to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and former assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping operations at the United Nations, who reflects on the way African diplomacy has adapted to the COVID-19 situation and how it reveals a deep-seated conviction that multilateral action is the best way to address Africa’s challenges effectively.
Martin Rupiya considers the initiatives taken by African governments aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Africa’s overcrowded prisons. He calls for an urgent focus on finding workable solutions, due to the serious threat posed by the spread of COVID-19 in prisons.
In a number of African countries, the measures introduced to contain the spread of COVID-19 appear to be linked to a rise in organised crime and illegal migration, among others. Marisha Ramdeen assesses the connection and its impact.
Lastly, Claude Bizimana considers the impact that COVID-19 has had on the effective implementation of peace support operations (PSOs) in Africa.