The Nordic Africa Institute


African economies after the Covid-19 pandemic

Decontamination of public spaces during Covid-19 in Bamako, Mali

Bamako, Mali, 4 April 2020. Decontamination of public places during Covid-19. UN Photo/Harandane Dicko.

Date • 24 Jun 2020

The Coronavirus crisis hit Africa at a time when many of the continent’s economies were already at risk of debt distress. Multiple shocks caused by the pandemic have increased their need for new loans. The increasing complexity of the loan market makes it hard to achieve debt relief settlements. The way forward is instead diversification of the export industry, reform of the tax systems, investment in human development and closing the digital divide.