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Webinar: The impact of COVID-19 on livelihoods in Africa – The effect on remittances

Webinar: The impact of COVID-19 on livelihoods in Africa – The effect on remittances

March 20, 2020    

Cenfri hosted an Africa digital dialogues series in partnership with the Digital Frontiers Institute (DFI) to explore the impact of COVID-19 on livelihoods in Africa. The three-part series focused on the impact on migrants and remittance receivers, informal small businesses and gig workers who we see as some of the most vulnerable.

The first webinar took place on Wednesday, 25 March, from 15h00 – 16h30 SAST | 1300 – 14h30 GMT.

It explored the impact of COVID-19 on foreign migrants and remittance senders in Africa as well as potential responses from governments, development partners and the private sector.

It was an interactive format with short presentations from the panel followed by a Q&A session to stimulate ideas around appropriate responses. Questions were sent ahead of time to eden@cenfri.org to ensure that we addressed them during the webinar.

It was moderated by Cenfri’s Director of Insights and insight2impact (i2i) programme lead Hennie Bester and featured the following panellists:
  • Leon Isaacs, CEO of Development Markets Associates Global and former managing director of the International Association of Money Transfers.
  • Olayinka David-West, Academic Director at Lagos Business School.
  • Barry Cooper, Technical Director at Cenfri and former head of consumer banking operation in South Africa for Standard Charter Bank.
  • Nikki Kettles, Head of SADC FI Programme at FinMark Trust.

If you’re interested in finding out more about this work, please contact Eden D’Oliveira.


Read our key findings, watch the video and view the presentation here.

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March 25, 2020 -
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