Sudan and COVID-19: A Vulnerable Economy in Crisis


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After undergoing a markedly peaceful process of democratic change last year with the ousting of former President Omar al-Bashir, and the implementation of a transitional government, Sudan has been in the process of reform. The new administration, headed by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok had set out an ambitious transitional agenda, including institutional reform, the implementation of greater civilian rule and the beginnings of a justice process that both sought a resolution with dissident rebel groups, as well as the prosecution of former regime members including Bashir himself.


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 >  Sudan’s government has, so far, been relatively successful at responding and communicating the risks of COVID-19 to citizens.


> There are, however, signs of discontent from some pockets of society.


> Potential issues may be exacerbated by a growing risk to the economy, and the impact of food and medicinal shortages on consumer prices and availability.


> International aid has been primarily focused on the humanitarian sector, unlike other neighboring countries, which may be unhelpful for economic stabilization.


> Despite this, on the local level there are several initiatives taking place in response to the pandemic that could be better supported.