The Impact of COVID-19 in Select Sub-Saharan African Cities

December 11, 2020 - 11:00 AM (ET) – Webinar


On December 11, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (ET), UNESCO will organize a webinar on the Impact of COVID-19 in Select Sub-Saharan African Cities to highlight the key findings of the joint research project of the Metropolis Canada's COVID-19 Social Impacts Network and UNESCO. Based on over 3,000 collected responses, the results explore the most salient societal issues, such as public trust in institutions, access to services, and social status, which was, in fact, the most widely reported form of discrimination at 24%.

Chaired by Michaëlle Jean, Canadian stateswoman, and coordinated by leading researchers and experts, including Gabriela Ramos, the UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, and Jack Jedwab, Chair of the Metropolis Canada's COVID-19 Social Impacts Network, the research project identified key indicators, socio-demographics, and challenges in hopes of generating evidence-based policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis in nine cities in Sub-Saharan Africa: Maputo (Mozambique), Dakar (Senegal), Johannesburg (South Africa), Libreville (Gabon), Harare (Zimbabwe), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Nairobi (Kenya), Kampala (Uganda), and Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire).

Speakers include:

  • The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Former Governor General of Canada & Former Secretary-General of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
  • Jack Jedwab, President of the Association for Canadian Studies and Metropolis Canada, Chair of the COVID-19 Social Impacts Network
  • Gabriela Ramos, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences
  • Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta, Director of the Multi-Sectoral Office in Nairobi for East Africa
  • Firmin Edouard Matoko, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relations
  • Moderator: Simona Bignami, Professor of Demography, Université de Montréal

Final Report - Measuring Attitudes & Perceptions on the Impact of COVID-19 in Select Sub- Saharan African Cities View PDF