UNESCO Webinar: The Impact of COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa

Dec 7, 2020    Source: BCCIE


On December 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. PT, UNESCO is organizing a free 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 percent.

Chaired by the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Canadian stateswoman, and coordinated by leading researchers and experts, 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).


  • 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.


  • Simona Bignami, Professor of Demography, Université de Montréal.