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November 9, 2020

Pandemic-related school closures were unprecedented – but they are not the biggest threat to children’s learning

While governments worldwide are continuing to struggle to implement forms of remote learning with equal access for all, the education crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic is still being exacerbated…

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October 4, 2020

DRAWing away from the curriculum of the past

A primary revelation in this pandemic-era world is the importance of digital readiness. While the pandemic is disrupting socio-economic activities, it is fortunately also happening at a time of rapid…

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September 23, 2020

Reopening Schools for Learning amid Covid-19

Over the past six months, the coronavirus-induced school closures have limited access to learning for students worldwide, resulting in learning losses that could last a lifetime. In Nigeria, where learning…

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September 11, 2020

Strengthening International Cooperation in the time COVID-19: A Perspective on African- China Relation

The past three decades have been defining moments in human history. More than 1 billion people have been lifted out of poverty and humanity has rallied around a common purpose…

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September 10, 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Poor and Vulnerable in Kenya

The COVID-19 has now spread to every country in Africa, as of August 28, 2020, there are 1,220,511 confirmed infections, 28,850 deaths, and 953,643 recoveries across the continent. In Kenya,…

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August 3, 2020

Prospects for Building Fiscal Buffers to Manage Unprecedented Shocks in Nigeria

The outbreak of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic was accompanied by an unprecedented shock, with colossal impact on economic activities worldwide. One of the major effects is the global economic lock-down…

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July 20, 2020

Assessing Africa’s digital response strategy to Covid-19

Digital technologies have proven to be a crucial factor in the fight against covid-19, and response strategies to reduce the social and economic impacts of the pandemic. With the restriction…

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July 17, 2020

Are agriculture and economic development still antithetical? Reflections for a post-COVID recovery plan

If evidence were still required, the coronavirus pandemic and the consequent nosedive of oil prices has once more reminded us of the shortcomings of Nigeria’s oil dependence. Despite decades of…

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June 23, 2020

COVID-19 and the Shrinking Fiscal Space for Education in Nigeria

The immediate costs of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on education in Nigeria are evident. With school closures that have persisted for ten weeks, students – especially the most vulnerable, are missing…

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June 23, 2020

Covid-19: Opportunity for reflecting on prospects for inclusive growth in Nigeria

There is huge uncertainty regarding the extent to which the current coronavirus pandemic would impact globalization and economic growth in the near future. Some experts have predicted an initial decline…

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June 18, 2020

The Impact of Covid-19 on Africa’s Pre-Existing Vulnerabilities

The COVID-19 pandemic has had devasting effects in many countries across the globe, affecting every aspect of humanity. The scale of the crisis was unprecedented, with both developed and developing…

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June 11, 2020

Six Ways To Improve Nigeria’s Crumbling Transmission Network

Context: Nigeria’s transmission network has long been a weak link in the country’s electricity value chain. Despite recent improvements, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has never dispatched more than 5.4GW…

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June 8, 2020

Ensuring learning continuity for every African child in the time of COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, over 250 million primary and secondary children are out of school in Africa. If schools only reopen when normalcy returns, which is estimated to be in 2021…

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May 29, 2020

The Special Education Needs Of Violence-Induced Out-Of-School Children In Nigeria

The rise of Boko Haram has plunged North Eastern Nigeria, and particularly Borno State, deeper into educational crisis. While rebuilding infrastructure is already underway, and is certainly a good step,…

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May 19, 2020

Pan-African Scientific Research Council: Call for Expression of Interest

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the stark need for African institutions of higher education that can efficiently generate and transmit knowledge in times of crisis. Now more than ever, scientists…

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May 11, 2020

Some thoughts on new poverty numbers in Nigeria

With the recent release of the 2018/2019 Harmonized Nigeria Living Standard Survey (HNLS), the true scale and scope of poverty in Nigeria will become clearer. When the World Data Lab’s…

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