Africa’s Resilience in the Face of COVID-19 Pandemic: Let’s Talk about It!

10 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2020

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Emmanuel Arakpogun

Northumbria University

Ziad El Sahn

Northumbria University

Karla Simone Prime

Northumbria University

Paolo Gerli

Edinburgh Napier University; Edinburgh Napier University

Femi Olan

Northumbria University

Date Written: July 1, 2020

Abstract

Following the initial outbreak of COVID-19, the United Nations and other established bodies and public figures predicated ‘tens’ of millions of deaths across Africa due to their weak healthcare systems and critical infrastructure. So far, it appears that Africa is leveraging on local innovations and the resilience gained from dealing with previous outbreaks of infectious diseases such as Ebola to manage the impact of COVID-19 to defile early predictions and the surprise of the rest of the world. Yet, very little is being said about this. This research note thus set out to talk about this by outlining the local initiates, which is helping African countries build resilience and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and the poor healthcare systems in the continent.

Keywords: Africa, Blended approach; COVID-19; Digital divide, Local innovations; Pandemic

JEL Classification: D12, D83, D84, E31, E52, E58

Suggested Citation

Arakpogun, Emmanuel and El Sahn, Ziad and Prime, Karla and Gerli, Paolo and Gerli, Paolo and Olan, Femi, Africa’s Resilience in the Face of COVID-19 Pandemic: Let’s Talk about It! (July 1, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3640311 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3640311

Emmanuel Arakpogun (Contact Author)

Northumbria University ( email )

Pandon Building
208, City Campus East-1
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Newcastle NE1 8ST
United Kingdom

Ziad El Sahn

Northumbria University ( email )

Newcastle Upon Tyne
Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8ST
United Kingdom

Karla Prime

Northumbria University ( email )

Newcastle Upon Tyne
Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8ST
United Kingdom

Paolo Gerli

Edinburgh Napier University ( email )

Edinburgh, EH10 5LG
United Kingdom

Edinburgh Napier University ( email )

Edinburgh, EH10 5LG
United Kingdom

Femi Olan

Northumbria University ( email )

Newcastle Upon Tyne
Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8ST
United Kingdom

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