Post-Covid Africa: The Controls of National Planning

13 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2020

Date Written: July 30, 2020


Crises force us to stop and think. This paper examines the prospect of deep reform of national planning in Africa in response to COVID-19. The paper is a contrasted case study of Kenya and Uganda. The attempt at generalisation across Africa draws on a shared history of state formation. And a contrast of the two countries teases out a tension, which tension the paper uses to illuminate the two policy spaces. The analytical frame draws on control theory. The paper argues that neither country is likely to see structural reform of their national planning. Yet, the epistemological thrust of the paper is not that deduction but questions arising along the scrutiny of the policy spaces.

Keywords: Africa, Policy, COVID-19, Control Theory, Sustainability

JEL Classification: H17, G2, R5

Suggested Citation

Amonya, Fred, Post-Covid Africa: The Controls of National Planning (July 30, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

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