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COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor – 8 September 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

This week’s Monitor highlights the impact that COVID-19 has had on the relationship between China and Africa, in the context of the next FOCAC Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). Dr David Monyae and Dr Sizo Nkala from the Centre for Africa-China Studies at the University of Johannesburg, preview the FOCAC 2021 Summit with a particular focus on China’s support in combatting COVID-19 in Africa.

Paul Nantulya, from the Africa Centre for Strategic Studies, discusses China’s Africa strategy, and the extent to which this strategy has been adapted as part of China’s collaboration in Africa’s efforts to respond to COVID-19. 

Finally, turning away from China-Africa relations Jide Okeke and Dr Roselyn Akombe discuss the transitions of power in Africa and the mechanisms that need to be in place to ensure that transfers of power are peaceful.Their contribution is especially pertinent in view of the developments in Guinea over the last few days.

Chief Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor​
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ACCORD COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
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Livelihood Insecurity & Economic Impact

Sino-African cooperation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • David Monyae
  • Sizo Nkala

The Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) will convene for the 8th time this year in Dakar, Senegal. The triennial summit has since become a major event in global politics since its inaugural meeting in 2000 as it sets the tone for Sino-African relations. The FOCAC is an opportunity for comprehensive engagement on the relations between the two parties focusing on such important issues as the economy, geopolitical relations, education, media, people-to-people, military among other areas of cooperation.

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Trust between Citizens & Institutions

A renewed discourse on managing inclusive transitions in Africa

  • Jide Martyns Okeke
  • Roselyn Akombe

Transition, in the context of politics, is defined as the end, extension or transfer of power from one leader to another. History shows that political transitions can either accelerate or reverse development outcomes, depending on how they are managed. Africa is experiencing ongoing political transition: whether demanded by citizens; or manifested through the actions of political elites effecting change. Transition could occur in non-conflict, conflict, and post-conflict settings.   But what is the quality of Africa’s transitions, and how best can they be supported to enable positive long-term outcomes?

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ACCORD COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor

The COVID-19 pandemic has created new opportunities for China to cement its engagements in Africa. Chinese diplomats have cast Beijing’s medical assistance as an example of “friendship,” “sincerity,” and above all, “solidarity,” or tuánjié [团结] to answer what they view as Western campaigns to “smear China.”Expressions of tuánjié (solidarity) also flowed in the other direction, however. At least 30 African nations sent financial and material assistance to China—initiatives that largely went unnoticed.

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