The Pretoria University Law Press (PULP) in partnership with African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD) and Afronomicslaw invites you to the virtual book launch of COVID-19 and Sovereign Debt, edited by Daniel D. Bradlow and Magalie L. Masamba (2022)

Event details

Thursday 12 May 2022
16:00 – 18:00 (SAST/ CET)
Online (Zoom)

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This multi-disciplinary publication focuses on the issue of African sovereigndebt management and renegotiation/ restructuring, with a particular
concentration on the countries that are members of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).

It contains a series of essays that were initially presented in several workshops held at the height of the pandemic, in 2020.

These essays seek to both understand the debt challenges facing these countries and to offer some policy-oriented suggestions on how they can more effectively address these. They include contributions by global and regional scholars who are seasoned experts and newer researchers and discuss the complexities on debt management and restructuring within the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, this presented an opportunity for junior researchers from the region to contribute to international discussions on a topic in which the views of young Africans are not heard as often or as clearly as they should be, especially given the importance of the topic to Africa and its future. Further, this book is expected to stimulate debate among academics, activists, policy makers and practitioners on how SADC should manage its

Event Programme

Welcome by programme chair:
Prof Daniel Bradlow
SARChI Professor of International Development Law and African Economic Relations

Opening Remarks 
Dean Elsabe Schoeman
Dean: Faculty of Law

Overview of COVID-19 and sovereign debt: The case of SADC
Dr Magalie Masamba
Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Pretoria

Presentations by contributors: Selected case studies

Louis Koen
University of Johannesburg
The renegotiation of sovereign debt tainted by corruption: Mozambique’s ‘secret’ debt in perspective

Farai Mutondoro, Anna-Sophie Hobi, Mutuso Dhliwayo and Josephine Chiname
Africa Institute for Environmental Law
Resource-backed loans, COVID-19 and the high risk of debt trap: A case study of Zimbabwe

Prof Dunia P Zongwe
Associate Professor (International Faculty), Alliance School of Law, India
Steeling for the next pandemic through fiscal responsibility: The Bank of Namibia as fiscal council


Jason R Braganza
Executive Director of African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD)

Eurallyah Akinyi
PhD Candidate, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Q&A Session

Concluding remarks

Frans Viljoen
Director of Centre of Human Rights


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