COVID-19 Focus

SAIIA's coverage of the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic will change the world and has thrown into stark relief the weaknesses in global institutions and international cooperation. Regionally, Africa will be significantly impacted as a result of the pandemic, with both short-term and long-term implications. Its effects are already reverberating across the continent, wreaking havoc on people’s livelihoods as governments clamp down on the movement of people and certain economic activity in an attempt to slow down the spread of the virus and save lives. While the impact of COVID-19 is no doubt casting a pall over plans to enhance trade, good governance and natural resource management on the continent, it also offers us a unique opportunity to recalibrate our responses to ensure a more equitable and inclusive post-COVID-19 future. This page is a compilation of open source infographics on policy responses to the pandemic worldwide, our latest analysis on coronavirus in relation to our research themes, as well as past and upcoming webinars relevant to the pandemic and our work.

COVID-19 policy data

These 14 infographics, developed by the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, offer an interactive and up-to-date overview of governments’ policy responses to containing the pandemic and the support offered to citizens affected by the virus and its socio-economic consequences. 


We regularly host online events and team up with other institutes across the world to bring you live commentary and an opportunity to ask various experts questions related to the theme of the webinar.

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.


Read our latest research and analysis on how COVID-19 is affecting global economic governance, foreign policy, trade, governance and natural resource management, with a particular focus on Africa.