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LEDNA Newsletter-Issue N°4 / July 2020

dimanche 2 août 2020

To mitigate the effects of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic which threatens States but also cities and territories, African Governments have put in place end-of-lockdown strategies and economic recovery to face the worst economic recession in a century [1]. In fact, in most countries, this health crisis risks pushing millions of people into poverty and jeopardizing the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The measures aiming at the reopening of the economy adopted by the various African governments aim to go beyond the first emergency phase and place themselves in the perspective of economic recovery. It is more than ever time to make public authorities play their role of engine of economic development, stabilization, and economic redistribution. Public policies must indeed manage the way out of the crisis by taking economic measures and public investment decisions that are adapted to the situation (OECD, 2020).

Local and regional governments have , in the footsteps of the central governments , deployed economic stimulus strategies. Often implemented even before the stimulus policies taken at the national level, local and regional economic development strategies have the advantage of being more relevant since they are more suited to the characteristics that are specific to the economic fabric of the territories. In order to do this, local and regional public spending has a very important role in providing the infrastructure and equipment necessary for the recovery, thereby creating jobs and injecting revenues.

This special July issue begins with an essay entitled " Towards a post-Covid-19 economic and financial recovery of local and regional governments in Africa : Overview of recovery plans and economic support measures ". This issue presents in this Covid-19 phase, measures and plans for economic and financial recovery post-Covid-19 adopted by local and regional governments (LRGs) in the five regions of Africa and in priority sectors, which are part of national policies. This July issue aims to participate in this process by highlighting best practices and post-crisis strategic orientations, and by exploring certain examples of multi-stakeholder partnerships and avenues for reflection to support African local authorities towards exiting the crisis.

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