Neha Wadekar

Coronavirus threatens China’s Belt and Road. What happens when it wants half a trillion dollars back? – Los Angeles Times (image)

Coronavirus threatens China’s Belt and Road. What happens when it wants half a trillion dollars back? – Los Angeles Times

May 20, 2020Articles

The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed a global recession that threatens the colossal international loan program that is a symbol of China’s growing prestige and a centerpiece of President Xi Jinping’s reign. The Belt and Road Initiative — China’s effort to finance nearly half a trillion dollars in new infrastructure across Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America — took flight during a period of global expansion and easy travel that has now slammed into a sober reckoning. Beijing faces mounting calls to reschedule loans for shipping hubs, electrical plants and transport links that look unsustainable as economies struggle and globalization slows. 

The Coronavirus Is Cutting Off Africa’s Abortion Access – Foreign Policy (image)

The Coronavirus Is Cutting Off Africa’s Abortion Access – Foreign Policy

May 4, 2020Articles

The collapse of medical supply chains has been a catastrophe for women in developing countries. Lockdowns have made matters worse.

Kenya’s 3D printing community is making Covid-19 equipment to fill a deficit as caseloads rise – Quartz (image)

Kenya’s 3D printing community is making Covid-19 equipment to fill a deficit as caseloads rise – Quartz

April 15, 2020Articles

As Kenya prepares for a rise in novel coronavirus cases, 3D printing companies are designing and printing personal protective equipment (PPEs) and parts for medical devices to address the expected deficit in the country. Read my latest for Quartz Africa here.

East African truck drivers carrying essential goods cross-border may also be transmitting Covid-19 – Quartz (image)

East African truck drivers carrying essential goods cross-border may also be transmitting Covid-19 – Quartz

April 28, 2020Articles

Uganda is concerned that East African truck drivers carrying essential goods from Kenya and Tanzania may also being transmitting Covid-19 along their routes and between borders. My latest on the pandemic for Quartz.

Two new generations of locusts are set to descend on East Africa again—400 times stronger – Quartz (image)

Two new generations of locusts are set to descend on East Africa again—400 times stronger – Quartz

April 10, 2020Articles

An infestation of desert locusts first arrived in East Africa last June, feeding on hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops and pastureland and chomping a path of destruction through at least eight countries. Scientists say these devastating insects never left East Africa: in fact, favorable wet conditions due to above average rainfall this season means they are likely to achieve two generations of new breeding by June this year, increasing their population size up to 400 times. Read my latest for Quartz Africa here.

‘Most of the men are your enemies’: one woman’s crusade in Somalia – The Guardian (image)

‘Most of the men are your enemies’: one woman’s crusade in Somalia – The Guardian

April 9, 2020Articles

Ibado Mohammed Abdulle is a counsellor, friend and campaigner for women who have been made refugees in their own country by the impact of the climate crisis. Read my story from Somaliland here.

Across Africa, a reliance on the informal sector threatens effective coronavirus lockdowns – Quartz (image)

Across Africa, a reliance on the informal sector threatens effective coronavirus lockdowns – Quartz

April 4, 2020Articles

Read my contribution to this Quartz collaboration about the impact of COVID-19 on informal workers here.

Climate Change Drives Gender-Based Violence in Somaliland – Voice of America (image)

Climate Change Drives Gender-Based Violence in Somaliland – Voice of America

March 30, 2020Videos

Climate change is driving gender-based violence among rural communities in the breakaway region of Somaliland, according to the charity Oxfam. In times of increasing drought, women travel further to find water and other needs, raising the risk of sexual violence.  Similarly, men unable to support their families too often take out their frustration on their family. 

Kenya’s demonetisation was unexpectedly orderly – The Economist (image)

Kenya’s demonetisation was unexpectedly orderly – The Economist

October 10, 2019Articles

When kenya announced in June that it would issue new 1,000 shilling ($10) notes and destroy the old ones to fight corruption, many predicted chaos. India’s efforts to do the same by “demonetising” rupees in 2016 led to riots, deaths and a dent in economic growth. Read about Kenya’s unexpectedly orderly demonetisation scheme in my Economist piece.

Somaliland Women Find Opportunities, Risks Adapting to Drought – Voice of America (image)

Somaliland Women Find Opportunities, Risks Adapting to Drought – Voice of America

March 27, 2020Videos

After years of devastating droughts, many rural families in the breakaway territory of Somaliland are migrating to urban centers. To survive, some women are going into business, challenging traditional gender roles that have long defined the workforce.