Covid-19

Nigeria’s post-COVID-19 Macroeconomic Policies: Are They Climate Change Friendly?

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to arguably the most challenging global health crisis in modern times. Its impact has been felt by most sectors of the global economy, resulting in economic decline around the world. Governments have committed at least $12 trillion towards a recovery stimulus with a focus on immediate needs, including healthcare, […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 2)

According to data from the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS), cashless transactions in Nigeria increased by 42.05 percent to reach N395.47 trillion in 2022. The data revealed that Nigerians spent more through cashless forms of payment, which was N117.07 trillion more than the N278.39 trillion total cashless transactions processed in 2021. The N395.47 trillion processed in 2022 […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 45)

Total revenue and income generation by the rail sector dipped significantly in Q2 2022, according to the latest rail transport statistics published by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). The report shows that aggregate revenue generated by the sector dropped by over 200 percent. It decreased from about N2.2 billion in Q1 2022 to about N734.5 million […]

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Five ways to build resilience in Nigeria’s education system

COVID-19 has compounded a long-standing learning crisis in many African countries, where millions of children were already out of school before the pandemic. Nigeria has the highest rate of out-of-school children, low literacy rates, and high inequalities between and within groups in terms of education access and learning outcomes. The pandemic further reduced school attendance […]

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Fiscal Analytic Snapshot: Nigeria

This brief provides an analytical snapshot of the economy and public finances in Nigeria. It is based on publicly available data produced by the Government of Nigeria, and a range of secondary analyses. It is part of a package of 6 country briefs commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and is intended […]

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Africa: Opportunities for a robust COVID-19 recovery grounded on SDG 16

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed significant challenges for the African continent in achieving peace, justice and inclusive and effective institutions, including significant negative effects on economic, social and political conditions. This policy brief presents and discusses key trends on SDG 16 on the African continent, including: an increasing concentration and strengthening of executive power; shrinking […]

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COVID-19 fiscal policy response and climate change action in Africa

This paper analyses the fiscal policy measures adopted by African countries in response to COVID-19 and how these impact progress on their climate change actions of the countries. Specially, it analyses the climate friendliness of the immediate fiscal responses that were adopted by six African countries namely: Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Benin […]

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Are African countries doing enough to ensure cybersecurity and Internet safety?

As the world continues to recover from the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, coping mechanisms such as increased use of virtual workspaces, online marketplaces and e-governance have become the norm. While this presents opportunities to revamp economies and streamline public service delivery, it may also heighten exposure to cybercrime. In Africa, many countries have seen a […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 31)

According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the total value of capital importation declined by 54 percent from US$1,905.89 million in the first quarter of 2021 to US$875.62 million in the second quarter.⁴ Portfolio investments were the largest amount of capital importation accounting for 62.97 percent of total capital import and valued at US$551.37 million. […]

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Building Resilience Into Social Protection Systems Across Africa – Case Study on Nigeria

The dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic affected the globe with its far-reaching impacts. Even though the long-term health, economic, and social impact is still indeterminate, the immediate effects have ensued with significant loss of lives and livelihoods. Those already living in poor and vulnerable conditions have been the hardest hit, suffering extreme hardship from reduction […]

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Lessons for Macroeconomic Policy from Nigeria Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had severe impacts on the macroeconomy and the livelihoods of households globally. The restrictions to movement alongside the associated uncertainty stimulated a sudden decline in the demand for commodities and disrupted production, leading to the underutilisation of capital and labour. More specifically, as governments sought to curb the spread of the […]

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COVID-19 in Africa: The implications for macroeconomic and socioeconomic dimensions

The COVID-19 outbreak began in December 2019 in the Wuhan city of China and has continued to spread globally. As of this writing, 28.2 million cases have been recorded globally with 910,000 deaths. Aside the health impact, the pandemic has led to an unprecedented disruption in economic activities, initiating a sudden demand, supply, and financial […]

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Agenda for Sustainable Economic Transformation Post-COVID-19 in Nigeria

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a debilitating effect on the Nigerian economy. Specifically, the combination of lockdown measures and the global slowdown of economic activities led to the contraction of Nigeria’s GDP by 6.1% in the second quarter of 2020, thus inducing the country’s second recession within five years . Nevertheless, it is noteworthy that […]

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Will Nigeria’s Liquidity Shortage Morph into a Solvency Crisis?

In November of 2020, Zambia became the first African country to renege on its debt service obligations since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Since then, official and private lenders as well as governments have become apprehensive about a looming solvency crisis in Africa. This heightened perception of risk is underpinned by the fact that like Zambia, […]

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Extending MSMEs’ access to trade finance under the AfCFTA

While the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) provides opportunities for regional financial sector development, it also poses a real test for the continent’s financial system. The ability of Africa’s financial sector to perform the crucial function of facilitating economic growth and integration, at the required scale to support the capacity of small firms to […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 2)

Discussions are underway between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and a range of foreign and Nigerian trading houses with the NNPC aiming to raise $1 billion oil prepayment towards the revamping of the Port Harcourt refinery.¹ The funds acquired are expected to be repaid through the delivery of refined products over a span of […]

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