A Pledge for Africa
One can fully support Prime Minister Abiy's call for global solidarity and for an SDR issue, but let's realize that in this pandemic the United States has cut off funding for the World Health Organization, while in the early stages stricken Italy got more immediate aid from Cuba than from Germany. Under these conditions, it would be realistic for all African countries to suspend all debt payments until the end of the pandemic. There is no need to wait for approval, and those funds would be immediately available. African countries can then concentrate all internal resources and efforts on the public health mobilization required to defeat this pandemic, while still requesting and accepting material, technical and financial assistance from the rest of the world.