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State on the cusp

Fri, Oct 23, 2020

States on the cusp: Overcoming illicit trade’s corrosive effects in developing economies

The report “States on the cusp” explores the complex ways in which the illicit trade in otherwise licit goods (including alcohol, pharmaceuticals, luxury goods, cigarettes, electronics, and much more) threatens the stability, security, and prosperity of vulnerable states around the world, especially in the Global South. This groundbreaking study at the nexus of illicit trade, organized crime, and official corruption proposes actionable solutions for combating illicit trade and bringing states back from the cusp of functionality.

Report by Mark Shaw, Tuesday Reitano, Simone Haysom, Peter Tinti

Corruption Economy & Business
Aisha Karim

Thu, Aug 20, 2020

#DFRLabCoffeeBreak with Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism, Aisha Abdool Karim

DFRLab's Research Assistant, Tessa Knight sits down with Aisha Abdool Karim, journalist for the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism to discuss South Africa's fight against COVID-19 and the disinformation surrounding it.

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Africa Disinformation

Wed, Jun 24, 2020

Pandemic policing: South Africa’s most vulnerable face a sharp increase in police-related brutality

South Africa is one of several nations facing an international outcry over increases in COVID-19 related violence against civilians by security forces bent on enforcing quarantine measures. Since South Africa instituted a country-wide lockdown on March 27, the number of violent incidents by police against civilians has reportedly more than doubled with poor and vulnerable populations most affected.

AfricaSource by Katie Trippe

Africa Coronavirus

Fri, May 1, 2020

The “shadow pandemic” of gender-based violence

While lockdowns and social distancing measures have been essential in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, they have also produced unintended consequences: increased rates of domestic violence. As COVID-19 spreads in African countries, demand for support services for victims of gender-based violence continues to rise.

AfricaSource by Joanne Chukwueke

Africa Coronavirus

Tue, Apr 21, 2020

Hruby in the Africa Report: Africa’s innovators vs the virus

In the News by Atlantic Council

Africa Coronavirus

Wed, Apr 8, 2020

Using Google reports to estimate Africa’s response to COVID-19: A compilation of the data

Google's newly released mobility reports provide statistical breakdowns by country of residents’ mobility to a variety of common locations including retail and recreation spaces, grocery stores, transit stations, places of work, and residences. This blog pursues a deep dive of the data, remarking on Africa's varied responses.

AfricaSource by Neil Edwards

Africa Coronavirus

Tue, Apr 7, 2020

Using Google reports to estimate Africa’s response to COVID-19: Key findings

On April 2, Google published community mobility reports, showing how different countries and regions are adapting their movements to the coronavirus. By graphing this data, we get a unique glimpse into the state and diversity of African responses.

AfricaSource by Luke Tyburski

Africa Coronavirus

Tue, Mar 24, 2020

COVID-19 pandemic: In a nation of extreme inequality, South Africa’s poorest are most at risk

A major economy and transit hub, South Africa will be greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. But not all South Africans will be affected equally: nearly thirty years after apartheid, South Africa is still plagued by deep societal divides. As one of the most unequal nations in the world, the virus will affect strata of society very differently.

AfricaSource by Alyssa Harvie

Africa Coronavirus

Fri, Nov 22, 2019

Hruby quoted in African Business on the Africa Investment Forum

In the News by Atlantic Council

Africa Economy & Business

Mon, May 13, 2019

In South Africa, illicit cigarettes are a smoking gun on corruption

The flourishing illicit tobacco market in South Africa speaks to a less sensational but equally destabilizing set of risks. At the core of this challenge is the state’s ability to provide effective regulation of an industry that is vulnerable to gray and black markets

New Atlanticist by Simone Haysom

Corruption Macroeconomics