COVID-19: ESSAYS ON INNOVATION AND RECOVERY FOR AFRICA
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A Special Series from ACET and DEGRP in partnership with ODI
COVID-19 has led to severe socioeconomic consequences in Africa, and the pandemic is far from over. Even as countries continue to prioritize the immediate health and safety of citizens, government leaders and development partners are focused on Africa’s economic recovery. A strong and sustainable rebound after the crisis ends is critical to recapturing lost gains and keeping Africa on a transformation track.

In this way, innovation lies at the heart of Africa’s recovery. Digital technologies, for example, are helping to mitigate economics losses across sectors by creating new jobs, diversifying production, boosting productivity, increasing access to finance and revolutionizing health care. Through the effective use of big data, artificial intelligence, e-commerce and more, African countries can emerge from the pandemic with more resilient economies, stronger public health systems and more inclusive and equitable societies.

In this special essay series, policy experts and researchers from ACET and the Development and Economic Growth Research Programme (DEGRP), in partnership with ODI, explore the critical role of innovation in Africa’s recovery from COVID-19. Essays will look at innovation from a thematic perspective, identify areas in which innovation can contribute to effective responses and offer high-level policy recommendations.

The series will feature approximately 12 essays, published between March-August 2021.

Latest Essays

Challenges and Opportunities in the Innovation Ecosystem

Innovation is vital to economic transformation. However, most African countries are in need of agile frameworks that allow innovators to rapidly develop and deploy homegrown solutions.

Digital Technologies, Labor Markets and Post-Crisis Recovery

Digital technologies offer African economies an important pathway to recover lost GDP and generate jobs, but countries need to take a proactive approach and close digital divides.

The Impact of Innovation on Youth, Employment and Skills

The pandemic has intensified the need for Africa to improve its digital connectivity and use technological innovation to protect jobs and preserve continuity of education for its youth.

A More Inclusive Recovery for SMEs and the Informal Sector

Large-scale enterprises have resorted to cutting-edge technologies, digital products and platforms to accelerate innovation during the pandemic. SMEs need support to catch up.

About the Series

Policy experts and researchers from the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) and the Development and Economic Growth Research Programme (DEGRP), in partnership with ODI, explore the critical role of innovation in Africa’s recovery from COVID-19. Essays identify areas in which innovation can contribute to effective responses and offer high-level policy recommendations.

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