Podcast: #GlobalPerspectives2020, Gender inclusion policy in Care International

2nd September 2020 by Robert Vysoudil

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One of the most important topics at Global Perspectives 2020 will be gender diversity and women leadership. Join our host Nihal Helmy who interviews Kassie McIlvaine and Esther Watts from Care International.

Kassie McIlvaine works as a Program Quality – Deputy Regional Director West Africa and Esther Watts as a Country Director at CARE Ethiopia. Addressing staffing ratios and power dynamics in their own organization was worth it despite the challenges in the implementation of diversity policies. Hear them out on women and girls’ empowerment, making change happen and more!

We invite you to the Global Perspectives 2020 virtual experience, this year’s topic is “A Passion for Inclusion”. See the link below.

Links:
globalperspectives.online/
www.care-international.org/

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Podcast: #GlobalPerspectives2020 preview, in conversation with World Vision International

12th August 2020 by Robert Vysoudil

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A conversation about eradicating violence against women, Global Perspectives as a safe space for important civil society discussions and exploring this year’s topic “A Passion for Inclusion”.

Join our host Nihal Helmy who interviews Brenda Wanjiku Kariuki from World Vision International. They touch upon the problem of increased violence against women and children during the pandemic. However, they also talk about the progress made by Brenda and her colleagues to achieve their goals.

You are invited to the Global Perspectives 2020 virtual experience, see the links below.

Links:
globalperspectives.online/
www.wvi.org/

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Communications Student Assistant

International Civil Society Centre

COVID-19 Resources for Civil Society #13

15th July 2020 by Robert Vysoudil

This page is part of a series of COVID-19 resource pages that we are creating to help civil society actors.

Click here to view all available pages.

Click here for our latest events news.

On this page, you will find links to readings, podcasts and videos related to the latest COVID-19 news and analysis. If you have a recommendation or a suggestion, let us know. Many thanks to our volunteer researcher Ineke Stemmet.

The sections are:

Staying up-to-date: Links to sites that will keep you abreast of important developments related to our sector and the latest news.

Strategic: We look at the impact and responses to COVID-19 in a general and intersectional way (i.e. impacts on human rights, climate change, etc).

Policy: Civil society’s policies that respond to challenges posed by COVID-19.

Operational: A list of what your organisation can do now to navigate these unprecedented times.

1. Staying up-to-Date

  • COVID-19 Civic Freedom Tracker (ICNL/ECNL)
    This tracker monitors government responses to the pandemic that affect civic freedoms and human rights, focusing on emergency laws.
  • Cultural factors are behind disinformation pandemic: why this matters (The Conversation)
    In Africa, people who report higher levels of exposure to disinformation also report lower levels of media trust. The most common reasons for people to share misinformation was to raise awareness out of a (misplaced) sense of civic duty, and make others aware of misinformation. Media users in sub-Saharan countries also said they shared misinformation “for fun”.
  • Effective Activism in a Time of Coronavirus: what are we learning six months in? (From Poverty to Power + Save the Children)
    Activism is unlikely to be what speeds our exit from the crisis, but it is the single biggest determinant of whether that exit is equitable. This moment demands our best ever work and we won’t do it without plans to deal with the biggest strategic challenges in front of us – Save the Children’s Kirsty McNeil lists four to start with.
  • EU launches another tool on pandemic’s threat to human rights (Devex)
    The EC is launching a new platform to monitor the consequences for democracy and human rights, prepared by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance — or International IDEA. It is intended as a one-stop shop to allow policymakers, journalists, civil society groups, and the public to track the impact of the pandemic.
  • How have Africa’s regions fared in tackling COVID-19? (Institute of Security Studies)
    Regional responses to the pandemic are essential, and although regions acted quickly, results have been mixed.
  • Locally Rooted: The place of community organising in times of crisis (Community Organisers UK)
    It is widely acknowledged that neighbours have played an essential role in supporting their local communities through the COVID-19 crisis. Often this support has bubbled up spontaneously from below. UK-focused blog and report.
  • The COVID Inequality Ratchet: how the pandemic has hit the lives of young, women, minority and poor workers the hardest (From Poverty to Power)
    Oxfam blog on what we know about the unequal impact of COVID-19 on workers and pre-existing inequalities in labour markets, looking at data for high and lower/middle-income countries.
  • The Wicked Conversation (Good Governance Africa)
    A blog series of current pan-African perspectives on the pandemic as a ‘wicked problem’, to explore ‘wicked solutions’ on: leadership, rule of law, work and jobs, public health measures, social support measures, and planning the future.

2. Strategic

      Biodiversity and Climate Change

        Civic Space and Human Rights

          Data and Digital

            Futures

            • ‘Imagining a Post-COVID World – Strategic Futures’ (Six scenarios as 30-second videos) (Auxano Strategies, Nordic Foresight and the Global Arena Research Institute)
              Explore COVID-19 pandemic’s implications on the trans-Atlantic community, US-China relations, IPCC emission reduction targets, the gig economy and more. Six video-illustrated scenarios: (1) The Panic Normalised, (2) Taming Our Worst Impulses, (3) Too Little, Too Late, (4) No Return to Normal, (5) An Atomised World, (6) A Disaster Forgotten.
            • After the Pandemic: Which Future?  (Great Transition Initiative)
              How will today’s crisis alter the shape of tomorrow’s world? Which scenario—Conventional Worlds, Barbarization, Great Transition—has become more likely? How can we seize the moment to propel transformation?
            • Are you reframing your future or is the future reframing you?: Megatrends 2020 and beyond (EY)
              The COVID­-19 pandemic accelerated global megatrends, pushing the world onto a new S-curve of growth. This global reset created an opening for change that seemed unthinkable a few months ago, including the opportunity to shape the post-pandemic world for the better. EY Megatrends provide leaders with a framework for navigating this unprecedented change and charting future growth.
            • COVID-19 crisis: possible scenarios for the next 18 months (Futuribles International)
              Thanks to its knowledge of rigorous forward-thinking methodologies, Futuribles International Association has set out 11 scenarios to forecast the possible evolutions of the crisis over the next 18 months (the targeted horizon being the end of 2021).

              Gender Equality

              Multilateralism and international cooperation

              • African solidarity to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the continent (African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes )
                The African Union (AU), together with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, launched a public-private initiative known as the AU COVID-19 Response Fund. The intention of this initiative is to mobilise at least US$150 million for immediate needs to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, and up to US$400 million to support a sustainable medical response to the COVID-19 pandemic that is currently spreading across the continent.
              • The Multilateral Order Post-COVID: Expert Voices (The Institute of International and European Affairs)
                The multilateral order since the Second World War was already showing strains before the world was afflicted with the pandemic. In this IIEA Expert Voices publication, ten foreign policy experts share short perspectives on the question of how COVID-19 pandemic will impact different aspects of the rules-based multilateral order.

              Pandemic Specific Consequences and Responses (economic, health & social impacts)

              • Beyond Lockdown⁠—Sustainable COVID Control for Low-Income Countries (Centre for Global Development)
                Countries need to be supported to deploy layered context-specific mitigation strategies after lockdown
              • Can we avoid a lost decade of development? (Brookings Institution )
                Children have not borne the brunt of the immediate health threats posed by the coronavirus pandemic. But as the pandemic mutates into a global economic crisis, millions of children could be left carrying disadvantages that will limit opportunities for the rest of their lives. This article asks whether we can avoid the 2020s from becoming a lost decade for development.
              • Economy Must Not Get Stuck Between Lockdown and Recovery (Chatham House )
                Despite recent outbreaks in several countries which had appeared to be close to excluding the virus, focusing on suppression and elimination is the best economic as well as a health strategy.
              • How have Africa’s regions fared in tackling COVID-19? (Institute for Security Studies)
                African countries are increasingly trying to coordinate COVID-19 responses with those of their neighbours. This is done largely through regional economic communities and is a potentially important response to the pandemic. Yet their efforts have had mixed results.
              • OECD’s Economic Outlook 2020: Facing The Jobs Crisis (OECD)
                COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on jobs has been 10 times bigger than that of the global financial crisis. Countries now need to do everything they can to stop this jobs crisis from turning into a social crisis. Reconstructing a better and more resilient labour market is an essential investment in the future and in future generations.

              3. Policy

              4. Operational

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              Communications Student Assistant

              International Civil Society Centre

              COVID-19 Resources for Civil Society #12

              1st July 2020 by Robert Vysoudil

              This page is part of a series of COVID-19 resource pages that we are creating to help civil society actors.

              Click here to view all available pages.

              Click here for our latest events news.

              On this page, you will find links to readings, podcasts and videos related to the latest COVID-19 news and analysis. If you have a recommendation or a suggestion, let us know.

              The sections are:

              Staying up-to-date: Links to sites that will keep you abreast of important developments related to our sector and the latest news.

              Strategic: We look at the impact and responses to COVID-19 in a general and intersectional way (i.e. impacts on human rights, climate change, etc).

              Policy: Civil society’s policies that respond to challenges posed by COVID-19.

              Operational: A list of what your organisation can do now to navigate these unprecedented times.

                  1. Staying up-to-Date

              • A Better World Ahead Means Shaping Emerging Narratives Now (SSIR)
                The groups that set the narratives about what happened during the COVID-19 crisis, what to do now, and what’s next will have outsized influence on who we hold responsible, who gets help, and what we do moving forward.
              • Adaptive Context Analysis during Covid-19 – Listening to Local Voices During a Pandemic (Global Policy – World Vision blog)
                With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic two key tenets for humanitarian aid that often go together, context analysis and travel, are now in tension. World Vision’s Johan Eldebo shows how they’ve sought to overcome it by balancing the necessity for remote management with the ongoing need for the locally informed analysis.
              • Challenging the “‘White Gaze’ of Development” during COVID-19 (Podcast) (Oxford Society for International Development)
                Liberian academic, activist and author Robtel Neajai Pailey, uses race as a lens of analysis to interrogate assumptions that Western whiteness and modernity are the primary signifiers of progress and expertise. In exploring the pitfalls of adopting a “colour blind” outlook on development, it considers how scholars, policymakers and practitioners can challenge the ‘white gaze’ by imagining “a better world beyond flattened curves”.
              • COVID-19: Human development on course to decline this year for the first time since 1990 (UNDP)
                The United Nations Development Program predicts a decline in global human development – education, health, and living standards – for the first time in 30 years.
              • Embracing Innovation in Government Global Trends 2020: Innovative COVID-19 Solutions (OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation)
                OPSI has identified five key themes driving public sector innovation efforts during the crisis: 1. Rapid acceleration of digital innovation and transformation, 2. Seeking bottom-up solutions and insights, 3. Social solidarity and caring, 4. Reducing the spread through virus tracking and adaptive action, and 5. Forging a path to recovery.
              • How are Civil Society Organizations adapting in the pandemic? (From Poverty to Power FP2P)
                Diverse stories on the roles of civil society and civic agency during the pandemic. While many actions focus on the basic and immediate needs that an emergency response requires, many others hint at gradual shifts and emerging areas of the agency.
              • How the Coronavirus Tests European Democracy (Carnegie Endowment Europe)
                The Coronavirus pandemic is prompting contrasting trends in European democracy. While the crisis is aggravating many stresses that afflict democracy in Europe, it is also propelling democratic efforts in a number of areas. Several articles including: Coronavirus and European Civil Society, Technocracy and Populism After the Coronavirus, Digital Divides and the Coronavirus.
              • Humanitarian Financing Is Failing the COVID-19 Frontlines  (Center for Global Development)
                Longstanding weaknesses in the humanitarian business model are undermining the COVID-19 response in fragile and conflict-affected states. Extensive delays, poor mechanisms for tracking disbursement of funds from intermediaries to implementers, and persistent obstacles to financing local actors are preventing funds from reaching organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight.
              • In many countries, the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, not slowing (The Conversation)
                Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating. While some countries such as Australia and New Zealand have managed to flatten the curve, in many other parts of the world the number of cases has continued to reach new highs.
              • Latin America sees the largest decline in peacefulness as COVID-19 poses a further threat (Devex)
                South America is the region of the world where peace deteriorated most last year, followed by Central America and the Caribbean, according to the “Global Peace Index 2020” report, with peacefulness expected to drop globally as a result of COVID-19.
              • New UNESCO report shows COVID-19 leaving vulnerable children behind (Devex)
                The “2020 Global Education Monitoring Report” from UNESCO shows progress is slowing on the global out-of-school rate for primary and secondary school-age children, and COVID-19 will only make it worse.
              • Sector boundaries are blurring, says CARE secretary-general (Devex)
                COVID-19 has “deeply transformed” the humanitarian and development sectors, potentially blurring the boundaries for good, according to the new secretary-general of CARE International.
              • Sierra Leone faces coronavirus as rainy season hits – local disaster planning will be key (The Conversation)
                Overlapping disasters of COVID-19 and flooding could be a serious threat for Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown.
              • The Global Economic Outlook During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Changed World (World Bank)
                The pandemic is expected to plunge most countries into recession in 2020, with per capita income contracting in the largest fraction of countries globally since 1870.
              • The view from space: See how dramatically COVID-19 changed the world (Fast Company)
                A new dashboard from three space agencies shows the startling impact of the coronavirus pandemic on everything from air quality to asparagus farming.
              • What kind of research should inform COVID responses? (From Poverty to Power FP2P)
                If we agree that evidence-informed policy and practice are good things, we need to think about what kind of research gets commissioned. We are fast reaching the end of the road for COVID expert opinion based on what was happening in last data rounds before COVID, and need to shift gears to investing in new data.
              • When the West Falls Into Crisis (Webinar) (The New Humanitarian)
                An important conversation on rethinking humanitarianism in the midst of #BlackLivesMatter and COVID-19. The globalisation of vulnerability – made clear by the Coronavirus pandemic and a global anti-racism movement – is putting into question traditional conceptions of humanitarian aid, too. Will this historic moment force a rethink of international solidarity? Is the international nature of aid inherently problematic? TNH Director Heba Aly posed these questions to panellists from across the aid sector.
              • World Bank has ‘stretched’ its capacity in coronavirus response, Malpass says (Devex)
                The World Bank has reached the limit of support it can provide to low- and middle-income countries recovering from the pandemic, even while acknowledging those nations require more resources than are currently available, the institution’s president says.

                  2. Strategic

                  Biodiversity and Climate Change

                    Cities and Urbanisation

                    Data and Digital

                    • Artificial Intelligence and the Fight Against COVID-19 (Nesta)
                      AI could play a powerful role in tackling the pandemic, from helping to discover new drugs and vaccines to testing and predicting the spread of infection. But new Nesta analysis of the quality of AI research has found some significant limitations in how it is currently being applied.

                      Futures

                      • A post-pandemic world is unlikely to focus on meeting need over human greed (The Conversation)
                        Political and economic power-holders will strive for a return to pre-pandemic ‘normality’.
                      • Exploring the impact of COVID-19 in Africa: A scenario analysis to 2030 (Institute of Security Studies)
                        This new study assesses the likely impact of COVID-19 on Africa over the next decade. Comparing three scenarios on growth and mortality with the continent’s pre-pandemic development projections, it examines impacts on average incomes, poverty levels and SDG targets, and how to reduce vulnerability and strengthen resilience.
                      • Martin Wolf – The World After the Pandemic (Podcast) (How To Academy)
                        The world after 2020 will be very different from the world we left. But how? Will the pandemic lead to the greatest upheaval in the social contract since the second world war, the end of globalisation, the beginning of the Asian century? Will it lead to tax rises, inflation, further austerity? Hear from the world’s preeminent financial journalist.
                      • Navigating the transition to sustainability amidst new forces, positive and negative (Forum for the Future)
                        Caroline Ashley, Global Director of System Change Programmes at Forum for the Future, examines the emergent positive and negative forces actively shaping the post-COVID-19 reality and reasserts the need for a just transition.
                      • Optimistic or pessimistic about Covid-19? No need to choose (From Poverty to Power FP2P)
                        Jordi Vaquer, Director for Global Foresight and Analysis at the Open Society Foundations, argues this is a time when defenders of open society can neither afford to sit comfortably upon the vindication of their analysis by events, nor to simply spring into action following their mood, their gut and their time-tested handbook. It is the moment to be bold, imaginative and thorough in our thinking about the future.
                      • Rethink: The edge of change (Podcast) (BBC World Service)
                        How the coronavirus pandemic has created new opportunities to change our world.
                      • The Long Shadow Of The Future (Noema)
                        The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed how valuable it is for governments to have operational expertise, plan for the long-term and socialise certain risks.

                        Multilateralism and international cooperation

                        • Humanitarian Financing Is Failing the COVID-19 Frontlines (Centre for Global Development)
                          Longstanding weaknesses in the humanitarian business model are undermining the COVID-19 response in fragile and conflict affected states.Now should be an opportunity for international NGOs to rethink their role in humanitarian delivery entering into subcontracting relationship for operational delivery.

                        Pandemic Specific Consequences and Responses (economic, health & social impacts)

                             3. Policy

                        • And now some questions for China’s TikTok (EU Observer)
                          The EU named China as responsible for targeted influence operations and disinformation campaigns around COVID-19. Given the questions about the extent to which TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, propagates censorship, TikTok’s membership in the EU Code of Practice risks prematurely legitimising the platform as a responsible information space actor.
                        • Can the AU protect citizens against COVID-19 abuses? (Institute for Security Studies)
                          The African Peer Review Mechanism’s pandemic governance guidelines are useful, but do they go far enough?
                        • COVID-19 & the Risks to Children in Urban Contexts (Policy Brief) (World Vision)
                          Residents of urban slums, informal settlements and low-income neighbourhoods endure living conditions that make it challenging to protect against COVID-19. This policy brief looks at how World Vision is responding to anticipate and experience the impacts in urban areas and assess the needs of the most vulnerable. It provides recommendations for what governments, the UN and other NGOs can do to lessen their suffering.
                        • Left out & Unaccounted for: How COVID-19 is exposing inequalities in cities (World Vision)
                          At World Vision, we are responding to COVID-19 in over 253 cities across all regions in both stable and fragile contexts. COVID-19 is currently a trending global challenge, but for urban hotspots, it is one of many. Now more than ever, the international community must amplify its voice in calling for accelerated actions to alleviate poverty and inequality in urban areas, making cities “inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” (SDG 11).
                        • Survey: Advocacy in the Time of COVID-19 (Africa) (Advocacy Accelerator )
                          The Advocacy Accelerator is keen to take the pulse of how change-makers within the advocacy ecosystem in Africa are being impacted by and responding to the current global pandemic COVID-19. The results of this survey will be shared with all who participate (organised by country) in order to inform your advocacy programme planning.

                             4. Operational

                        • The Safe People + Data Initiative (Dobility)
                          This new initiative provides methodologies and resources for safer data collection, in response to COVID-19 and the growing need for safety-focused innovation. It offers tools and insights to support safer methods of in-person data collection and alternative methods of reducing in-person interactions and collecting data remotely.
                        • Dynamic Accountability and COVID-19 (Global Standard for CSO Accountability)
                          Due to the COVID-19 crisis, many countries have imposed restrictive measures to ensure that the spread of the disease can be contained. In this new reality, Dynamic Accountability is taking a different shape. This post suggests some key takeaways and tips for organisations who wish to practice dynamic accountability during this difficult time.
                        • What does Accountability Look Like During Times of Disruption? (Restless Development)
                          The disruption caused by COVID19 is a chance to forge new ways of working, that put accountability practices and decentralised organisation at their heart, says Katie Fuhs.
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                        Communications Student Assistant

                        International Civil Society Centre

                        COVID-19 Resources for Civil Society #11

                        17th June 2020 by Robert Vysoudil

                        This page is part of a series of COVID-19 resource pages that we are creating to help civil society actors.

                        Click here to view all available pages.

                        Click here for our latest events news.

                        On this page, you will find links to readings, podcasts and videos related to the latest COVID-19 news and analysis. If you have a recommendation or a suggestion, let us know. Many thanks to our volunteer researcher Ineke Stemmet.

                        The sections are:

                        Staying up-to-date: Links to sites that will keep you abreast of important developments related to our sector and the latest news.

                        Strategic: We look at the impact and responses to COVID-19 in a general and intersectional way (i.e. impacts on human rights, climate change, etc).

                        Policy: Civil society’s policies that respond to challenges posed by COVID-19.

                        Operational: A list of what your organisation can do now to navigate these unprecedented times.

                            1. Staying up-to-Date

                            2. Strategic

                            Biodiversity and Climate Change

                              Civic Space and Human Rights

                              • Aggravating circumstances: How coronavirus impacts human trafficking (Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime)
                                Poverty, lack of social or economic opportunity and limited labour protections are the main root causes and drivers that render people vulnerable or cause them to fall victim to human trafficking. This unprecedented crisis will likely exacerbate all of those factors and result in developments that must be noted by anti-human-trafficking communities and stakeholders.
                              • Coronavirus and the right to online political participation (Open Global Rights)
                                Making access to the internet a human right can address inequalities in access to public discourse, especially where free speech is limited.
                              • COVID-19 and the politics of the year of the nurse (The South African Institute of International Affairs)
                                The challenges critical medical personnel are currently facing all lead back to a central question of care. There are three main challenges these critical workers face: insufficient supply of necessary protective equipment on a global scale; growing hostility towards them; and difficulties with access to childcare.
                              • Southern Africa: Persons with albinism especially vulnerable in the face of COVID-19 (Amnesty International )
                                This article argues that South African governments must ensure the protection and well-being of persons with albinism, who are increasingly vulnerable amid the COVID-19 crisis as lockdowns across the region hinder access to healthcare facilities and skin cancer clinics as well as vital sunscreen.
                              • Will COVID-19 increase religious hostilities and discrimination? (Open Global Rights )
                                COVID-19 and its impacts may hit some religious minorities disproportionately hard, exacerbating economic inequalities, social hostilities and discrimination.

                              Data and Digital

                              Economic

                              • OECD Economic Outlook: The world economy on a tightrope (OECD)
                                COVID-19 has triggered the most severe economic recession in nearly a century and is causing enormous damage to people’s health, jobs and well-being. The Outlook focuses on two equally probable scenarios – one in which a second wave of infections, with renewed lock-downs, hits before the end of 2020, and one in which another major outbreak is avoided.

                              Education

                              • Future shock: 25 Education trends post COVID-19 (Foresight for Development)
                                School closures carry high social and economic costs for people across communities, with a particularly severe for the most vulnerable and marginalised families. The resulting disruptions exacerbate already existing disparities within the education system but also in other aspects of their lives. This blog summarises 25 related trends from UNESCO analysis.

                              Food security

                              • COVID-19 recovery is a chance to improve the African food system (The Conversation)
                                What we see happening as a result of actions to contain COVID-19 is like a global natural disaster. It’s also an opportunity for a different kind of recovery. Going back to “business as usual” investments in agriculture and food systems could reproduce those systems’ inequities. Instead, recovery efforts should be geared towards creating a better future.

                              Futures

                                    Gender Equality

                                    • COVID-19: “Who is Skilled and Who is Unskilled in this Pandemic Moment?” (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom)
                                      In this article, Cynthia Enloe realises that there are so many times in life when one finds one lacks the relevant skills to make sense of, and to grapple effectively with a pressing condition. That repeated realisation has made her think about skills – and what “counts” as a skill, and who gets to do the “counting.”
                                    • COVID-19: Making our Recovery Green and Feminist (Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom)
                                      This article explores the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the environment and advises that the recovery from the pandemic should be feminist and green in nature.
                                    • Rape cases spike in South Sudan as girls and women left vulnerable during COVID-19 (Plan International)
                                      A spate of rape cases in South Sudan has exposed the extreme risks girls and women have been left to face in COVID-19 pandemic, warns Plan International.

                                    Humanitarian

                                    • This global pandemic could transform humanitarianism forever. Here’s how (The New Humanitarian)
                                      As the crisis born of this global pandemic has evolved, some of the promises of deep transformation in a humanitarian aid sector that has long resisted reform have proven overly optimistic – at least so far. Here are 13 ways the pandemic may change the future of humanitarianism – and the forces of resistance that may get in the way.

                                    Multilateralism and international cooperation

                                    • COVID-19 responses expose gaps in global governance (The South African Institute of International Affairs)
                                      This report analyses the effectiveness of the WHO and explores the ways in which the pandemic has exposed not only how far the world is from effective and unified global governance, but also a crisis of confidence in the institutions expected to guide international action and cooperation.
                                    • Tackling COVID-19 as a Grand Challenge (Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society)
                                      How does the COVID-19 crisis relate to other grand challenges and how should we deal with, such as climate change?

                                    Pandemic Specific Consequences and Responses (economic, health & social impacts)

                                    • Epidemics and Social Observation: Why Africa Needs a Different Approach to COVID-19 (African Arguments)
                                      In the absence of a vaccine, the main tool for control of COVID-19 is human behavioural change. Social scientists are not fully agreed on what determines behavioural change, but there is a broad consensus that individual agency is influenced by social factors. It matters what your family, friends and neighbours think.
                                    • Will Patents stop COVID drugs from saving lives? (From Poverty to Power)
                                      The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a global race of public- and private-led research to develop vaccines and treatments. Will patents hinder access to the products it generates? Comparison with HIV/AIDS indicated access problems may mainly affect middle-income countries facing higher prices. Low-income countries will likely receive drugs at discounted prices, and with governments and philanthropic donors covering the costs.
                                    • Youth or consequences: Put youth at the center of COVID-19 recovery (Brookings Institution)
                                      This article argues that to head off the worst repercussions of this youth unemployment challenge in the wake of the coronavirus, we must act now, focusing on three critical issues, education, engagement and employment.

                                    Politics & Governance

                                    • 6 experts on how capitalism will emerge after COVID-19 (Fast Company)
                                      We have an unprecedented opportunity to rein in capitalism’s excesses and reshape our democracy. Here’s how business leaders and experts from MIT, Harvard, and more would tackle the biggest problems. What’s been lost—and what could be gained—in the new world order?

                                         3. Policy

                                         4. Operational

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                                    International Civil Society Centre

                                    #BlackLivesMatter to you? 3 steps you can take

                                    12th June 2020 by Robert Vysoudil

                                    1. Listen

                                    Listen to people who experience racism. Follow Black and PoC influencers on social media. Being racist isn’t always intentional reflect on yourself and acknowledge your unearned white privilege it can get uncomfortable but don’t get defensive, instead, we should learn from our past mistakes.

                                    2. Educate yourself

                                    Why saying “All lives matter” is an inappropriate response to “Black lives matter”? Why can’t I use the N-word? What is white privilege? Actively look for answers on your own. Google these questions, read articles and books from Black authors, watch videos about systemic racism and listen to podcasts about colonialism and slavery.

                                    3. Initiate change

                                    Take action, go to protests if you can. Sign petitions, donate money, inquire your legislators, amplify Black voices and give them space. Be actively anti-racist don’t overlook racist behaviour in your family, among your friends, at your work, in public transport speak up. And be persistent.

                                     

                                    Petitions initiated by Amnesty International:

                                    Plan International’s guide:

                                    Resource compilations:

                                    A great number of resource compilations have been created in recent weeks, it will help you with all of the above-mentioned actions, including lists of organisations where you can donate:

                                    Communications Student Assistant

                                    International Civil Society Centre

                                    COVID-19 Resources for Civil Society #10

                                    4th June 2020 by Thomas Howie and

                                    This page is part of a series of COVID-19 resource pages that we are creating to help civil society actors.

                                    Click here to view all available pages.

                                    Click here for our latest events news.

                                    On this page, you will find links to readings, podcasts and videos related to the latest COVID-19 news and analysis. If you have a recommendation or a suggestion, let us know. Many thanks to our volunteer researcher Ineke Stemmet.

                                    The sections are:

                                    Staying up-to-date: Links to sites that will keep you abreast of important developments related to our sector and the latest news.

                                    Strategic: We look at the impact and responses to COVID-19 in a general and intersectional way (i.e. impacts on human rights, climate change, etc).

                                    Policy: Civil society’s policies that respond to challenges posed by COVID-19.

                                    Operational: A list of what your organisation can do now to navigate these unprecedented times.

                                        1. Staying up-to-Date

                                        2. Strategic

                                        Cities and Urbanisation

                                        • COVID-19 and Shared Mobility: A New Normal (Urban Mobility Daily)
                                          The article lists external effects of COVID-19 on urban mobility as well as specific examples of urban design as opportunities to address the near term public health challenges and ensure a more environmentally sustainable future.
                                        • The Ecological Roots of Pandemics (Council n Foreign Relations)
                                          Even as politicians promote conspiracy theories on COVID-19’s emergence, its most likely origins lie in their longstanding negligence of environmental health especially with regards to rapid urbanisation.

                                        Civic Space and Human Rights

                                        • How do we protect children caught up in war and a pandemic? (World Vision)
                                          The COVID-19 pandemic affects everyone, it does not discriminate. It does, however, point out the impact of the failure of protecting civilians during the war. This article explains the vulnerability of children in these situations and what can be done to mitigate this.
                                        • How have people with disabilities been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? (The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes)
                                          Restrictions on human interactions have become mandatory in certain countries with imposed social distancing requirements. Many public services have become highly limited, if not completely halted; leaving persons with disabilities abandoned in terms of getting access to essential healthcare and social services.
                                        • The Anxiety of the Twenty Twenties: The Quest For Relevance of Civil Society Organisations in a Digital World (International Civil Society Centre)
                                          Global Angst plays into the hands of “Strong State” advocates. Even with limited room for manoeuvre, CSOs have to fight a disempowering gig economy and digital spaces where the individual is reduced to a consumer and/or worker with no attributes of a cyber citizen.

                                        Data and Digital

                                          Food security

                                          • COVID-19 and food protectionism (Vox)
                                            Although initial conditions in global food markets in the face of COVID-19 pandemic are good, disruptions across countries most affected could reduce global supplies of key staples. Escalating export restrictions would multiply the initial shock by a factor of three, with world food prices rising by up to 18% on average. Import food dependent countries would be most affected. Uncooperative trade policies could risk turning a health crisis into a food crisis.
                                          • South Asia at highest risk of civil unrest as food insecurity bites (Verisk Maplecroft)
                                            Asia experienced one of the world’s first COVID-induced food protests when residents of Manila took to the streets on 1 April. Food insecurity has since played a role in protests across the region, including in India and Bangladesh. We expect that these initial protests are a sign of much bigger problems to come.

                                          Futures

                                          • COVID-19 and systems change: some reflections from the field (School of System Change)
                                            Four systemic practices are showing up in how systems change practitioners are deploying analysis and proposals around COVID-19: 1. working across multiple timescales, 2. engaging multiple perspectives, 3. experimenting, struggling, failing and learning, and 4. tuning into power.
                                          • The Post-Corona Revolution (Robert Bosch Foundation)
                                            In his essay, Daniel Hamilton analyses the impact of the pandemic taking into account the new stages of the ongoing global-scale revolutions, namely “the three fundamental kernels of our existence: the atom, the bit, and the gene”.
                                          • World Order after COVID-19 (Center for Strategic & International Studies)
                                            CSIS Risk and Foresight Group Director Sam Brannen asked four of his International Security Program colleagues to take the long view on how COVID-19 could affect geopolitics out to 2025-2030 and beyond.

                                                Governance

                                                • Systemic Governing – Applied systems thinking in practice (OECD Guest blog)
                                                  Seeing governance in systemic terms makes what might otherwise seem impossibly complicated understandable, able to be acted upon, and open to change. This blog looks at how systemic governing is needed to produce and enact a new model of governance.

                                                Multilateralism and international cooperation

                                                Pandemic Specific Consequences and Responses (economic, health & social impacts)

                                                Populism and Authoritarianism

                                                • The pandemic creates ideal conditions for the rise of populism (The South African Institute of International Affairs)
                                                  In moments of crises, populists make majorities feel like minorities under siege. COVID-19 has afforded populists a biological crisis with which to work and cement themselves onto the political landscape. This has left many asking: Will the coronavirus be populism’s next victim?

                                                      3. Policy

                                                  • Advocating for Age in an Age of Uncertainty (Stabford Social Innovation Review)
                                                    How the COVID-19 crisis is amplifying ageism, and how advocates can push back: 1. appeal to the value of justice, 2. define ageism and show people how to address it, and 3. create a sense of solidarity.
                                                  • Donors are ignoring hygiene in the fight against COVID-19 (WaterAid)
                                                    Despite being critical in the fight against COVID-19, efforts to improve hygiene are mostly absent in donor commitments to tackle the coronavirus, according to WaterAid. Instead, the focus is on vaccines.

                                                   

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                                                  Thomas Howie

                                                  Communications Manager

                                                  International Civil Society Centre

                                                  Thomas joined the Centre in June 2017 as the Communications Coordinator. He is responsible for developing and implementing the Centre’s global communication strategy, as well as the Disrupt & Innovate platform – a place for civil society professionals and activists to discuss current innovations and future trends in the civil society sector. Prior to the Centre, Thomas worked for 5 years in the European Parliament firstly as the Digital and Social Media Coordinator for the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, and then, after the 2014 European elections, for Jude Kirton-Darling and Paul Brannen as Head of Communications, where he worked on issues such as the EU-US trade deal, issues around Brexit and as a specialist on the Petitions Committee. Thomas graduated from Bristol University with BSci in Geographical Sciences and holds an MA in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, where he completed research into the role of civil society in the post war peace settlement in northern Uganda.

                                                  Innovation Report: The winner of 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2019

                                                  3rd June 2020 by Robert Vysoudil
                                                  Innovation and Populism - International Civil Society Centre

                                                  Our first ever annual Innovation Report 2019 – ‘Civil Society Innovation and Populism in a Digital Era’ has been selected by an expert jury as a winner of the American Institute of Graphic Arts’ (AIGA) 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2019. This prize identifies the 50 best-designed books and book covers of 2019 and represents a long-standing legacy in American graphic design. The winning books become part of the AIGA collection at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University’s Butler Library in the city of New York.

                                                  About the Innovation Report 2019

                                                  With its 14 case studies, our Innovation Report showcases innovative civil society responses in the face of rising populism, one of the defining political features of our times. The publication presents the innovative ways civil society organisations are responding to the rise of populism. The report also analyses the role digital media has to play in the creative responses. We hope that by advancing the understanding of the most promising innovations, both inside and outside our sector, that they can be applied to tackle common challenges.

                                                  Thanks

                                                  The International Civil Society Centre would like to say a big thank you and congratulations to our design partners, Verbal Visual, who worked tirelessly to create this innovative book design. Thanks also go authors and editors of this report was Vicky Tongue from the International Civil Society Centre, with Krizna Gomez and Thomas Coombes from JustLabs. And last, but not, least the wonderful civil society organisations who took the time to engage with this exciting project and provide their time and expertise to realise the report.

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                                                  Communications Student Assistant

                                                  International Civil Society Centre

                                                  COVID-19 Resources for Civil Society #9

                                                  28th May 2020 by Thomas Howie

                                                  This page is part of a series of COVID-19 resource pages that we are creating to help civil society actors.

                                                  Click here to view all available pages.

                                                  Click here for our latest events news.

                                                  On this page, you will find links to readings, podcasts and videos related to the latest COVID-19 news and analysis. If you have a recommendation or a suggestion, let us know. Many thanks to our volunteer researcher Ineke Stemmet.

                                                  The sections are:

                                                  Staying up-to-date: Links to sites that will keep you abreast of important developments related to our sector and the latest news.

                                                  Strategic: We look at the impact and responses to COVID-19 in a general and intersectional way (i.e. impacts on human rights, climate change, etc).

                                                  Policy: Civil society’s policies that respond to challenges posed by COVID-19.

                                                  Operational: A list of what your organisation can do now to navigate these unprecedented times.

                                                      1. Staying up-to-Date

                                                      2. Strategic

                                                    Biodiversity and Climate Change

                                                      Cities and Urbanisation

                                                      • Building Better Cities After COVID-19 (Podcast) (Exponential View)
                                                        How do we build better cities after the coronavirus crisis? The World Bank’s Sameh Wahba joins Azeem Azhar to discuss how the World Bank partners with technologists to help cities on the frontline of the pandemic, and how the dynamism of urban density can be harnessed to build the livable and inclusive cities of the future.
                                                      • Coronavirus will reshape our cities – we just don’t know how yet (The Guardian)
                                                        The development of cities has been by affected by the disease for centuries, so what legacy will COVID-19 leave on urban life?

                                                      Civic Space and Human Rights

                                                      • Coronavirus response in West Africa and the Sahel: Human rights must not be forgotten (The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes)
                                                        This article analyses the positive response of West African countries, countries in the Sahel, and the global community to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes responsible multilateralism and prioritising inclusion and equality.
                                                      • Fit for the future: Can we emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis? (Alliance Magazine)
                                                        Civil society was not ready for COVID-19. Benjamin Bellegy (WINGS), Chris Worman (TechSoup) and Lysa John (CIVICUS) discuss the investments needed in civil society and its philanthropic and technical infrastructure, and the actions we must take to emerge wiser and stronger from the current crisis and to be prepared for crises to come.

                                                      Conflict and Humanitarian

                                                      • How the coronavirus increases terrorism threats in the developing world (The Conversation)
                                                        As the disease wreaks its havoc in areas poorly equipped to handle its spread, terrorism likely will increase there as well. Recent research identifies a potential link between the pandemic and an uptick in violence, as food insecurity makes citizens angry at their governments.

                                                      Data and Digital

                                                        Futures

                                                        Gender Equality

                                                            Governance

                                                            Multilateralism and international cooperation

                                                            • African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) Report comment: towards a new post-COVID-19 world order? (Institute for Security Studies)
                                                              International relations experts agree the pandemic will be a major catalyst for new dynamics in the international system. The resulting shifts have the potential to redefine inter-state relations and global governance in ways that require Africa and the global South, in general, to reposition themselves. We are likely to see increased competition between the US and China, rising nationalism and weak global leadership.

                                                            Narratives

                                                            Pandemic Specific Consequences and Responses (economic, health & social impacts)

                                                            Populism and Authoritarianism

                                                            • Culling the Herd: A Modest Proposal (London Review of Books)
                                                              A provocative commentary by Eli Zaretsky stating that the poor masses were wilfully deprived of health care in the same way it was made to believe that it had no right entitled to jobs, housing and good schools.

                                                                  3. Policy

                                                                 4. Operational

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                                                              Thomas Howie

                                                              Communications Manager

                                                              International Civil Society Centre

                                                              Thomas joined the Centre in June 2017 as the Communications Coordinator. He is responsible for developing and implementing the Centre’s global communication strategy, as well as the Disrupt & Innovate platform – a place for civil society professionals and activists to discuss current innovations and future trends in the civil society sector. Prior to the Centre, Thomas worked for 5 years in the European Parliament firstly as the Digital and Social Media Coordinator for the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, and then, after the 2014 European elections, for Jude Kirton-Darling and Paul Brannen as Head of Communications, where he worked on issues such as the EU-US trade deal, issues around Brexit and as a specialist on the Petitions Committee. Thomas graduated from Bristol University with BSci in Geographical Sciences and holds an MA in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, where he completed research into the role of civil society in the post war peace settlement in northern Uganda.

                                                              COVID-19 Resources for Civil Society #8

                                                              20th May 2020 by Thomas Howie

                                                              This page is part of a series of COVID-19 resource pages that we are creating to help civil society actors.

                                                              Click here to view all available pages.

                                                              Click here for our latest events news.

                                                              On this page, you will find links to readings, podcasts and videos related to the latest COVID-19 news and analysis. If you have a recommendation or a suggestion, let us know. Many thanks to our volunteer researcher Ineke Stemmet.

                                                              The sections are:

                                                              Staying up-to-date: Links to sites that will keep you abreast of important developments related to our sector and the latest news.

                                                              Strategic: We look at the impact and responses to COVID-19 in a general and intersectional way (i.e. impacts on human rights, climate change, etc).

                                                              Policy: Civil society’s policies that respond to challenges posed by COVID-19.

                                                              Operational: A list of what your organisation can do now to navigate these unprecedented times.

                                                                  1. Staying up-to-Date

                                                                  2. Strategic

                                                                Biodiversity and Climate Change

                                                                  Civic Space and Human Rights

                                                                  • How Africa can reduce COVID-19’s impact on displaced persons (Institute for Security Studies)
                                                                    Africa’s 25.2 million refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons are some of the most vulnerable groups to COVID-19. This article explores the ways in which African states can protect these vulnerable groups.
                                                                  • Imagining our Post-Pandemic Futures (Open Global Rights)
                                                                    COVID-19 is challenging the human rights movement to adapt, transform, and look ahead—so as to meet urgent demands now while laying the groundwork for a better future. This Up Close series explores the glimpses this pandemic has provided of what a better future could look like and asks just what kind of human rights practice is needed now to get us there.

                                                                  Data and Digital

                                                                  Food security

                                                                  Futures

                                                                  • Four Pathways to Better Decisions (Global Dashboard)
                                                                    How do you make good decisions when you’re playing (COVID-19) whack-a-mole? Here are four recommendations to improve decision-making: (i) form an independent red-team, (ii) empower a ‘mole-spotting’ unit, (iii) embrace foresight to manage risks and (iv) build in real feedback loops. This is how experimentation feeds learning and defers to frontline expertise.
                                                                  • Why coronavirus may make the world more accessible (BBC Future)
                                                                    For many people with disabilities, options like remote working have been needed for years. Workplaces around the world have now made this shift. Are there other ways the world could become more accessible, too?

                                                                  Gender Equality

                                                                      Pandemic Specific Consequences and Responses (economic, health & social impacts)

                                                                            3. Policy

                                                                        • A Call to Action on Open Budgets during the COVID-19 Response (From Poverty to Power)
                                                                          Countries now have a choice about where their response to this crisis will lead — either to less transparency and trust or to more openness and accountability. More than 100 organisations have signed the Call to Action urging governments to choose the more open path.
                                                                        • A Perfect Storm: Domestic violence, economic hardship and COVID-19 in Latin America (Care International)
                                                                          We are faced with a historic responsibility to help shape whether COVID-19 is remembered as a moment in which global solidarity is forged and political will is mobilised in support of a more equal, inclusive, sustainable and just world order where women and girls are central to the response – or whether gender equality (in Latin America) is set back by decades.
                                                                        • Corruption risks in Southern Africa’s response to the coronavirus (Transparency International)
                                                                          Six Southern African chapters from Transparency International and the Botswana Center for Public Integrity are urging the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to accelerate governments’ response to the global pandemic and ensure that additional lives are not lost to corruption.
                                                                        • COVID-19 and mixed population movements: emerging dynamics, risks and opportunities (UNHCR / IOM)
                                                                          In this discussion paper, the UN agencies UNHCR (refugees) and IOM (migrants) take stock of what they are already observing and anticipate developing as the COVID-19 crisis evolves in countries of origin, countries hosting large refugee and migrant populations, countries of transit as well as countries of destination.
                                                                        • Rethinking anti-corruption for COVID-19 (From Poverty to Power)
                                                                          In many countries, corruption and governance constraints will limit the rapid scaling up of responses to COVID-19. This will not only undermine treatment responses but result in cycles of unsustainable lockdowns and massive economic deprivation.
                                                                        • The COVID Crisis Is Reinforcing the Hunger Industrial Complex (MIT Press Reader)
                                                                          In the United States, miles-long lines of motorists waiting for a few sacks of groceries have become seared into the public imagination demonstrating that charity has become the governing metaphor of the pandemic response, replacing justice, which itself has been placed on a ventilator.
                                                                        • World leaders unite in call for a people’s vaccine against COVID-19 (Oxfam)
                                                                          More than 140 world leaders and experts have signed an open letter calling on all governments to unite behind a people’s vaccine against COVID-19. The letter, which marks the most ambitious position yet set out by world leaders on a COVID-19 vaccine, demands that all vaccines, treatments and tests be patent-free, mass-produced, distributed fairly and made available to all people, in all countries, free of charge.

                                                                          

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                                                                        Thomas Howie

                                                                        Communications Manager

                                                                        International Civil Society Centre

                                                                        Thomas joined the Centre in June 2017 as the Communications Coordinator. He is responsible for developing and implementing the Centre’s global communication strategy, as well as the Disrupt & Innovate platform – a place for civil society professionals and activists to discuss current innovations and future trends in the civil society sector. Prior to the Centre, Thomas worked for 5 years in the European Parliament firstly as the Digital and Social Media Coordinator for the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, and then, after the 2014 European elections, for Jude Kirton-Darling and Paul Brannen as Head of Communications, where he worked on issues such as the EU-US trade deal, issues around Brexit and as a specialist on the Petitions Committee. Thomas graduated from Bristol University with BSci in Geographical Sciences and holds an MA in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, where he completed research into the role of civil society in the post war peace settlement in northern Uganda.