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Uncertainty, Fear, and Coronavirus: The New Reality for Africa’s Entrepreneurs

Apr 17, 2020

Uncertainty, Fear, and Coronavirus: The New Reality for Africa’s Entrepreneurs

“This is just a completely new animal,” says Ada Osakwe, the founder of Nigeria’s Agrolay Ventures and Nuli Juice, says. “Things are changing every second.”

Peru Takes the Fight Against COVID-19 Online

Apr 16, 2020

Peru Takes the Fight Against COVID-19 Online

A website originally designed to advise municipal authorities in Peru has taken on an unexpected role—as an information hub in confronting the coronavirus pandemic.

Sri Lankan Start-Up Offers a Lifeline During Crisis

Apr 8, 2020

Sri Lankan Start-Up Offers a Lifeline During Crisis

A ride-hailing company mobilizes its drivers and fleet of vehicles as emergency support for people under lockdown in Sri Lanka.

Indian e-Health Service Adjusts to Lockdown, Meets Heavy Demand

Apr 8, 2020

Indian e-Health Service Adjusts to Lockdown, Meets Heavy Demand

India’s largest online health platform takes on new tasks in real time to keep business running and serve people in more than 100 cities.

"The onus is on all of us to try to do the best"

Apr 8, 2020

"The onus is on all of us to try to do the best"

Economist Daron Acemoğlu believes the only way to defeat COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a global effort, and that developing countries need both more resources and to build trust with citizens.

Coronavirus: IFC fires out $8 billion fast-track financing – for starters

Apr 6, 2020

Coronavirus: IFC fires out $8 billion fast-track financing – for starters

Sérgio Pimenta, IFC’s VP for the Middle East and Africa, tells Euromoney that a fast response and private-sector support are essential in the battle against Covid-19.

Ebola-era Lessons for the Private Sector

Mar 31, 2020

Ebola-era Lessons for the Private Sector

L’économiste d’Oxford Stefan Dercon estime que les leçons tirées de la crise sanitaire de 2014 - en particulier l’importance de la collecte de données - peuvent guider la réponse du secteur privé au COVID-19.

Lessons Learned from Ebola: Thoughts from the Field

Mar 31, 2020

Lessons Learned from Ebola: Thoughts from the Field

In three West African countries, the Ebola crisis raised fears of a lost decade or more. But the reaction in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone helped protect people and lessened the economic fallout.

Unsung Heroes: Truckers Keep Delivering, Thanks to Online Platform

Mar 31, 2020

Unsung Heroes: Truckers Keep Delivering, Thanks to Online Platform

In some African countries, the Kobo360 platform helps drivers deliver foods and critical pharmaceutical supplies during the crisis.

In Senegal, Adapting Business to Support the Fight

Mar 31, 2020

In Senegal, Adapting Business to Support the Fight

Free-of-charge bus ads, delivery of hygiene products, access to health professionals: Three Senegalese start-ups adjust to COVID-19.