As the world continues to grapple with the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, many in Africa are worried not only about its spread but about the pandemic's long-term economic consequences as well. But long before our attention was captured by this virus, African governments were already ignoring an increasingly important factor in securing healthy populations and prosperous economies: Africa's older population is growing fast.
How products such as food and clothes are produced and brought to consumers – a set of activities known as value chains – is critical to reducing poverty and hunger, creating jobs and ensuring decent work, innovation and economic growth. If the ambitions of the Sustainable Development Goals are to be met, local, national and global value chains must be sustainable and inclusive. However, Covid-19 has further exposed and exacerbated the inequalities and weaknesses that exist within these chains. Food supplies in Africa and fast fashion globally are just two examples of
China or america: which is the land of rugged self-reliance and which of the government handout? Judging by support for people on low incomes amid the coronavirus crisis, the answer is surprising. America has dramatically scaled up benefits for those out of work. Its federal stimulus has allocated an extra $600 a week to each jobless person—enough, on average, to replace 100% of lost income. The Chinese government, meanwhile, has given an extra 12 yuan ($1.70) a week to its poor. That is enough for a daily bowl of noodles.
Slide presentation of the webinar held on 12 May 2020. The experiences of the People’s Republic of China and South Korea, both hit early by the Coronavirus outbreak but also, both with Universal Health Coverage, are interesting for other countries as part of ongoing country-to-country learning and South-South cooperation efforts and the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Slide presentation of the webinar held on 30 April 2020. This webinar, organized by UNICEF, the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), with the support of the International Policy Center for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), sought to promote sharing of experiences and emerging lessons learned from different countries responding to COVID-19.
Access to quality and affordable health services is a significant element of Social Protection, in particular, through Universal Health Coverage (UHC). While many countries struggle to provide UHC, extended health emergencies such as the outbreak of COVID-19 puts enormous pressure on the supply side as health systems come under severe stress. In the process, social protection and access to essential health services of vulnerable populations further deteriorate, particularly hitting hard those without health insurance.