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COVID-19 tax relief: a snapshot of what’s out there

COVID-19 public health measures are stalling economic activity Getty Images Across the globe, many governments have been forced to lockdown their countries in an attempt to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. A number of African countries have adopted similar measures. This has stalled, if not brought to a halt, economic activity, resulting in […]

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The big asks Africa needs to table with the IMF and World Bank: here’s the list

South African Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago chairs the International Monetary Finance Committee Getty Images The coronavirus and its economic consequences have caused economic tsunamis in every country in the world. The scale of the onslaught will dominate discussions at the International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank spring meetings due to take place – for the […]

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How youth skills training in Kenya can reduce inequality

The mismatch between youth skills and labour market expectations makes it challenging for young people to succeed in the world of work. Author provided/APHRC Sub-Saharan Africa’s burgeoning population of young people is considered one of its greatest untapped resources. Young men and women aged 15-24 constitute about a fifth of the total population. It’s a […]

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South Africa can – and should – top up child support grants to avoid a humanitarian crisis

Millions of poor South Africans rely on social grants, including the child support grant, just to survive. PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP via Getty Images South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown is likely to have a devastating impact on the incomes of workers and their dependants. There is broad agreement that the lockdown is a necessary public health response. But […]