COVID-19 Macroeconomic Policy Responses in Africa

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Research promoting short-term recovery from COVID-19 and long-term inclusive growth in African countries

What this project is about

The CoMPRA project was initiated following a call by the International Development Research Centre for rapid response policy research to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project’s overall goal is to inform macroeconomic policy development in response to the coronavirus pandemic by low- and middle-income countries, and development partners. It also calls for more climate-resilient and gender-responsive measures through evidence-based research. The project will focus broadly on Africa and specifically on Benin, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.

Our Donor

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is a Canadian federal Crown corporation. It is part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, and invests in knowledge, innovation and solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world.

Project Themes

Monetary and Fiscal Responses

Mapping and evaluating the effectiveness of macroeconomic measures by African countries to combat the impact of Covid-19

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Innovative Financing Strategies

Exploring novel financing instruments to combat the pandemic from both the international community and African countries

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Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth

Leveraging COVID-19 stimulus packages to build climate-resilient and gender-inclusive economies

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Recovering from COVID: Building Resilience in Select African Economies

This video unpacks government policy responses to the trade and employment shocks prompted by COVID-19 in six African economies: Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Senegal and Benin.

Webinars & Events

Our project will combine webinars and events to bringing together policymakers, academics, business leaders and civil society to debate, unpack and critique research findings from this project.

No webinars are currently scheduled – view past webinars below:

3 Feb 2021 | Webinar

SAIIA and the Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa invite you to a launch webinar of the COVID-19 Macroeconomic Policy Research in Africa Project.

11 Aug 2021 | Webinar

You are invited to a webinar on the macroeconomic impact of COVID-19 in Africa focusing on the policy responses from South Africa and Nigeria.

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