The COVID-19 disease is hitting Africa hard, prompting leaders to implement emergency lockdowns and suspend rules that cover government procurement. The business community, especially the informal sector and low-income earners, is suffering immensely. The urgent nature of the situation has heightened the risk of opportunistic violations of the law and the suspension of normal accountability mechanisms that help ensure efficient use of public resources.
To understand the continent’s mounting humanitarian challenges and how civil society is adapting to accountability gaps exacerbated by the emergency, listen to this presentation by Nigeria-based Program Officer Lola Adekanye, who leads CIPE’s anti-corruption efforts in 16 African countries, and Gyude Moore, a former Liberian official who helped mount that country’s Ebola response. The two discuss how to respond collaboratively to mitigate the risk of corruption and ensure accountability and effectiveness in the collective response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Introduced by CIPE Executive Director Andrew C. Wilson, this web-based conference is the first in a planned series on COVID-19 and Corruption organized by CIPE’s Anti-Corruption & Governance Center.