NATO Strategic Direction South Hub (NSD-S Hub) and Three Stones International (TSI) collaborated to conduct a live online webinar on the 28 April, 2020, supplemented by secondary data review and an online survey, to better understand Africa's response to COVID-19, and relative successes, challenges and recommendations for NATO's contribution. The three-hour webinar was moderated by NSD-S Hub and TSI utilizing the Zoom platform, with 10 subject matter expert panellists and 22 audience participants. A pre-webinar video was also shared in advance of the dialogue session to collect responses to the survey and increase interest for audience members to join the session.
Key Experts from Africa
The webinar dialogue and audience comments allowed the NSD-S Hub to engage and learn from African experts sharing regional experience from eight different countries. The discussion addressed COVID-19 preparedness and response across the African continent, including the overall impact on political, economic and social stability. While the panellists touched on matters related to the immediate impacts on health and wellbeing of citizens, they also addressed the long-term implications to trade, national and regional economies, political stability and regional cooperation. Additionally, the dialogue explored recommendations for support which African nations and NATO could employ both in pandemic response and post-pandemic recovery.