Issue No: 12/2021

COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor – 5 May 2021

During the COVID-19 crisis ACCORD's analysis is focused on the impact of the pandemic on conflict and resilience in Africa.

Photo: MONUSCO / Force
Photo: MONUSCO / Force

In this week’s Monitor, we feature His Excellency Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, the former President of Sierra Leone whose piece provides insight into the supportive role of the military during the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and puts forward the idea that African militaries have an important role to play in health emergency responses, infrastructural development and other civilian development initiatives.

Also included in this issue, is a piece by Professor Siphamandla Zondi who reflects on how the impact of the COVID-19 crisis has exposed existing structural inequalities between the Global North and South but how the crisis also provides opportunities to build greater resilience through South-South cooperation.

Lastly, we turn to Tanzania in a piece by Dr Muhidin Shangwe who writes about the state’s response to COVID-19 and outlines the possible local and regional implications of this response.

Chief Editor: Conflict & Resilience Monitor​
Managing Editor: Conflict & Resilience Monitor
AMISOM Photo / Mokhtar Mohamed
AMISOM Photo / Mokhtar Mohamed

An African Peace Engineering Corps can help the continent respond to COVID-19 and other such emergencies

  • H.E. Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma

When in 2013, the devastating Ebola Virus Disease broke out in Guinea, it did not only spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia; it also threatened the world. By the time the outbreak ended in 2016, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, had lost over 11,000 people and $2.8 billion in GDP losses, according to the World Bank. 

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ACCORD COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
References: Our World in Data
COVID-19, Livelihood Insecurity & Economic Impact

COVID-19, Resilience and South-South Cooperation

  • Siphamandla Zondi

The COVID-19 crisis has wreaked havoc across the world and changed our understanding of the relationship between health and governance in many ways. With the virus having affected over 150 million people all over the world in a period of 12 months, it has become the biggest health crisis the world has faced in many decades. 

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COVID-19, Trust between Citizens & Institutions

Tanzania’s COVID-19 Strategy: Local and Regional Implications

  • Muhidin Shangwe

Tanzania’s COVID-19 strategy has been a mixed-bag of admission, denialism, pragmatism and tiptoeing. At the centre of this approach has been the country’s late President John Magufuli whose actions and statements defined the country’s COVID-19 policy. 

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