A Closer Look at Sentiments Surrounding the #EndSARS Movement in Nigeria

On October 3, the killing of a young man by alleged members of the Nigerian Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit known in equal measure for its brutality and lack of accountability, quickly reverberated across social media. A video of the killing led the #EndSARS movement to resurface online and resulted in nation-wide protest accompanied

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The Ground Truth to Satellite Imagery: A Premise Solution

Advancements in satellite imagery have transformed the way governments and organizations learn about changes on the ground. Satellite data’s ability to provide timely map updates has replaced the burden of utilizing field teams to map locations outside regular activities. This includes new settlements from migrating populations, damage caused by war or natural disaster, as well

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A Revealing Analysis of the Internet Shutdown in Ethiopia

For most of July, Ethiopia experienced a nationwide internet shutdown. The shutdown began on June 30, following protests in response to the murder of Haacaaluu Hondessa, on June 29. Haacaaluu was one of Ethiopia’s biggest music stars and a prominent Oromo activist. He used his music to highlight Oromo marginalization, historical injustice and advocate for

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Ramadan – Faith, Food and the COVID Effect

For the next month, nearly 1.8 billion Muslims around the world will observe Ramadan, Islam’s most sacred holiday. The holiday is intended to hone spiritual discipline; it is characterized by long periods of fasting and prayer, as well as an increased sense of charity and generosity throughout the community. However, this year’s season of religious

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A Roundup of Premise’s Analysis on COVID-19 in Africa

Many countries across Africa have begun to move from preparation to response as COVID-19 spreads across the country. As of the time of writing, there are almost 50,000 reported cases in over 50 countries. African countries have not been impacted as significantly during this pandemic in proportion to their population of over 1.2 billion inhabitants,

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COVID-19 Preparedness and Messaging in Nigeria

The spread of COVID-19 across the globe has led to several questions about how health systems in lower and middle-income countries will deal with the pandemic. Nigeria is the most populated country on the African continent and therefore a potential hotspot for COVID cases given the inherent difficulties of social distancing in its densely populated

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Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on Recent Elections in Mali

Despite the looming threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the kidnapping of presidential candidate and opposition leader Soumaila Cisse, Mali held their first round of parliamentary elections on March 29, 2020. The elections saw roughly 35% turnout overall and just 13% turnout in the capital city of Bamako, likely due in part to fears about the

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Premise Snapshot: Africa and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has marched its way across the globe, with confirmed cases on every continent and in every country. There are over one million confirmed cases and 50,000 attributed deaths. To date, Africa has not been hit as hard as other continents though it has the potential to become the new epicenter of the

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The Economic Impact of COVID-19: A Follow-up Analysis from Premise

Thirteen days ago when I wrote the Initial Analysis from Premise Data of the economic impacts of COVID-19, China had 17 times the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases as the United States. Today the United States has surpassed China with over 150,000 confirmed cases, exponentially growing daily. The ‘Stay at Home’ orders—in some places like

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Burkina Faso-A Closer Look During COVID-19

Earlier this week, Premise provided a look at Italy and how its high levels of COVID-19 cases continue to impact daily life. In this post, we will look at the COVID-19 impact in Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically Burkina Faso. According to Johns Hopkins research, Burkina Faso has reported only 152 COVID-19 cases as of this writing,

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Country Support Specialist Spotlight: Luu

We are continuing our global workforce spotlight series (which includes our country support specialists (CSS’s) and country managers) with Luu Kuummo.  Our global workforce plays a huge role in our ability to manage hundreds of networks and thousands of Contributors across the globe. We asked Luu a few questions so that you can get to

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