It is now two months since the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 as a global pandemic. Incidentally, sub-Saharan Africa so far has among the lowest expected reported cases and deaths from the pandemic relative to predictions. This has been attributed to the aggressive restrictive measures that countries in the region rapidly put in place to control the spread of the virus. However, these measures—among them, closing of international and regional borders, closing of schools and universities, dusk-to-dawn curfews, social distancing restrictions, business closures, etc—have had adverse effects on local economies and social structures. These effects have been felt most among low income households in informal settlements and rural areas, and lower-middle income households in cities.
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About the author:
has completed a PhD in 'Economics of Innovative Change', a programme jointly offered by Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the Max Planck Institute of Economics in Jena, Germany. She has worked at Strathmore University in Kenya in various teaching, research and administrative capacities, and was a visiting fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, UK.