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COVID-19 impact and recovery


Cenfri is concerned about the global economic and health outcomes of the Coronavirus pandemic. We are continuing to work with partners and other organisations to better understand the impact of COVID-19, with a focus on the following areas: 

This work aims to support policymakers and regulators, central banks, the private sector and others in the mutual efforts to improve resilience and encourage recovery in developing countries.  

The Latest in COVID-19 impact and recovery

When digital payment goes viral: lessons from COVID-19’s impact on mobile money in Rwanda
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many African governments have implemented policy changes and lockdowns to prevent the further spread of the [...]
A first look at gendered impacts of COVID-19 on livelihoods
Data from China suggests that men are more likely to die from COVID-19 than women, but the global circumstances of women (e.g. more vulnerable [...]
Innovative data collection in the time of COVID-19
Adapting and changing your approaches to research during the time of COVID-19 This webinar focused on some of the learning we have shared as part [...]
What does the “new normal” for South Africa look like post the COVID-19 lockdown?
As South Africans finally enjoy some exercise in the open air after six weeks of strict government-imposed lockdown, the biggest question on [...]
The impact of COVID-19 on digitisation in the insurance sector
The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the importance of the insurance sectors’ role in development and in the economic resilience of businesses and [...]
Shared is better than perfect
The past week has been a challenge for our team, as we analysed and weighted the data we are launching here. We set out with a very ambitious task, [...]
Digital platforms’ role in African digitisation and gig work on the back of COVID-19
Recent research by insight2impact shows the number of digital platforms – virtual marketplaces – in operation across Africa increased by 37% [...]
Insurance in the age of COVID-19: The pandemic highlights the need for a new approach
For the last decade, Cenfri and other development partners have focused our approach to insurance development on the welfare implications for [...]
Maintaining inclusive innovation under COVID-19
In our previous article, we reflected on the different ways that stakeholders can ensure the Cape Town tech ecosystem produces valuable innovation [...]
COVID-19 and financial health: Too ambitious a target for these times?
As Beth Rhyne captured in her recent blog on Nextbillion, before COVID-19 an alarmingly large portion of adults around the world were not financially [...]