The paradox of the African state in a post-COVID world – problem or solution?


The COVID-19 pandemic could ring in Africa’s sustained structural transformation. At the same time, failing to grasp the opportunities offered by the changing landscape could see it flounder under the impact of economic and COVID-19-induced shocks. This paper analyses the pandemic’s implications for governance on the continent, specifically the social contract between states and citizens. It also shines a light on its impact on the geopolitical, economic, security, and business spheres, and how African leaders can rise to the challenge.

About the author

Ronak Gopaldas is a political economist, ‘pracademic’, writer and speaker. His work focuses on the intersection of politics, economics, and business in Africa. He is currently a Director at Signal Risk, a fellow at GIBS, and the co-founder of Mindflux Training.

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