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Africa’s informal traders adapt to hostile COVID environment

Africa’s informal traders adapt to hostile COVID environment

    By the beginning of July 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic had gripped the world, shutting down much of what had previously been taken for granted. Perhaps more significantly, it had laid a deep sense of trepidation on the world. On the fifth of the month, police raided the Jambanja, Unit L, market in the town of Chitungwiza in Zimbabwe. This had become commonplace: the authorities had instituted lockdown measures that severely restricted activity, and informal traders had been blamed for spreading the disease. The vendors attempted to salvage their stock and evade arrest, but the police action was especially aggressive. Boarding his vehicle, vendor Samson Chamunorwa Zharare suffered a bullet wound to his leg. He was dumped at a hospital, where the leg was nearly amputated....

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Shaping Africa’s Post-Covid Recovery

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Shaping Africa’s Post-Covid Recovery

Shaping Africa’s Post-Covid Recovery

Book Review  Shaping Africa's Post-Covid Recovery Edited by Rabah Arezki, Simeon Djankov and Ugo Panizza Published by Centre for Economic Policy Research, 2021   With most of the world still grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, different regions face unique...

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