Africa: COVID-19 Will Cost Africa Dearly

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Africans must develop Africa. How this can be done, and what impact Covid-19 will have on this, was the topic of a webinar discussion hosted by Daily Maverick's Tim Cohen with guests Jakkie Cilliers, founder of the ISS and author of Africa First! and ISS colleague Ottilia Maunganidze.

Poverty, experts will agree, is a multi-layered subject that cannot be measured just by looking at income and consumption levels around the world. But experts can agree that since 1981, the incomes of the world's poorest people have gone up.

Except in Africa, that is.

There is a widening gap between the average level of income in Africa and the rest of the world. In 1990 an average income in Africa was 45% of that earned in the rest of the world. Now it's 27% of the global average and by 2040 it will reach 23%, despite the fact African economies are growing faster than the rest of the world.

That is the reality unless something is done to change this trajectory.

Jakkie Cilliers, founder of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) tackles this subject in his latest book, Africa First!

In the book he examines where Africa finds herself now; how...

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