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

            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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                        Communications Student Assistant

                        International Civil Society

                        #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

                        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 Coordinator

                                      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

                                      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

                                                  ,

                                                  Thomas Howie

                                                  Communications Coordinator

                                                  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.

                                                              

                                                            ,

                                                            Thomas Howie

                                                            Communications Coordinator

                                                            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 #7

                                                            14th 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

                                                              • Record global carbon dioxide concentrations despite COVID-19 crisis (UNEP – UN Environment Programme)
                                                                Despite local air quality improvements during the COVID-19 crisis, atmospheric CO2 concentration levels continue to rise, and fundamental shifts in global energy production are needed to achieve long-term reductions in CO2 concentration levels.

                                                                Data and Digital

                                                                • A guide to a healthy scepticism of artificial intelligence and coronavirus (The Brookings Institution)
                                                                  This article looks into the limits of the effective use of artificial intelligence to help with the COVID-19 pandemic.
                                                                • COVID Tracing Tracker (MIT Technology Review)
                                                                  Worldwide, there’s a deluge of apps that detect COVID-19 exposure, often with little transparency. The MIT Tracing Tracker project will document them.
                                                                • Et Big Brother prit le pouvoir! (L’Illustré, Switzerland)
                                                                  Geolocation, generalised surveillance, ubiquitous social control via our smartphones: Is the coronavirus sounding the death knell for individual freedoms and giving rise to a totalitarian world, in Europe and Switzerland as everywhere else in the world?
                                                                • Opinion: We cannot allow COVID-19 to reinforce the digital gender divide (Devex)
                                                                  Girls, women, and marginalised groups are least likely to have access to technology. This was already a dire disadvantage, and now, as the COVID-19 pandemic has moved so many aspects of daily life online, this lack of connectivity has become even more alarming.

                                                                Civic Space and Human Rights

                                                                • We Can Beat the Virus Only By Protecting Human Rights (Human Rights Watch )
                                                                  Some governments are arguing that the COVID-19 pandemic leaves no space for human rights. This article argues the opposite – that respect for human rights during the pandemic will help save lives that would otherwise be lost to the virus.

                                                                Food security

                                                                • The link between food (in)security, peace and stability and COVID-19 (The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes)
                                                                  COVID-19 may have started as a public health emergency, but at this stage, the measures taken to contain the crisis have developed into an economic crisis, that has more of an impact on people’s livelihoods than the virus itself.

                                                                Futures

                                                                Gender Equality

                                                                  Multilateralism and international cooperation

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

                                                                        3. Policy

                                                                    • Closing the COVID-19 response transparency gap (ARTICLE 19)
                                                                      Blog on ARTICLE 19’s new report on ‘Ensuring the Public’s Right to Know in the COVID-19 Pandemic’ (listed here).
                                                                    • Ensuring the Public’s Right to Know in the COVID-19 Pandemic (ARTICLE 19)
                                                                      ARTICLE 19’s new report warns the COVID-19 pandemic could have a negative impact on global freedom of information. 90% of the world’s population now lives in a country with a Right to Information law or policy, but this analysis highlights several threats to governments’ obligations on access to information and public health under human rights law.
                                                                    • Joining Forces’ open letter and recommendations to world leaders on the COVID-19 crisis and child rights (WHO)
                                                                      The Joining Forces group of child rights organisations asks governments to put concrete steps in place to protect children during the COVID-19 crisis, to ensure access to nutritious food, appropriate supervision, healthcare, protection from violence, alternative education at home and reliable information on the crisis to help them cope with its psychological impact.
                                                                    • Strengthening Preparedness for COVID-19 in Cities and Urban Settings (WHO)
                                                                      This document is to support local authorities, leaders and policy-makers in cities and other urban settlements in identifying effective approaches and implementing recommended actions for COVID-19 in urban settings, to ensure a robust response and eventual recovery. It covers factors unique to cities and urban settings, considerations in urban preparedness, key areas of focus and preparing for future emergencies.

                                                                        4. Operational

                                                                    • 8 critical lessons leaders need to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis (and one that will surprise you) (Fast Company)
                                                                      We know that empathy and networking, for example, are important, but it’s how you approach these concepts now that will carry you out of crisis mode.
                                                                    • Doing fieldwork in a pandemic (crowd-sourced document) (Deborah Lupton/Crowd-sourced)
                                                                      Isolation measures to contain COVID-19 means that social researchers need fieldwork ideas for avoiding in-person interactions by using mediated forms that will achieve similar ends. This crowdsourced document shares ideas for moving face-to-face methods into a more ‘hands-off’ mode, and useful material about ‘born digital’ social research.
                                                                    • From lockdown to locked in, here’s what post-pandemic travel could look like (World Economic Forum)
                                                                      Gone are the days of short international travel, or long trips visiting multiple countries as it is likely that all countries striving to suppress COVID-19 infections will impose some kind of restrictions on international arrivals. Travellers should expect quarantine, self-isolation, and testing rules to persist.
                                                                    • Jump-starting resilient and reimagined operations (McKinsey)
                                                                      COVID-19 has created an imperative for companies to reconfigure their operations, and an opportunity to transform them. The virus has shown that, when they align around a common purpose, operations teams can achieve goals that would have been considered impossible before the crisis. As they plan their transition to the next normal, companies are looking for ways to maintain this sense of purpose and speed.
                                                                    • Guidelines for field-based staff (Islamic Relief Worldwide)
                                                                      This guidance seeks to assist our staff in operating safely during the coronavirus pandemic.
                                                                    • Guidelines for fundraisers and volunteers (Islamic Relief Worldwide)
                                                                      This guidance seeks to assist IR’s fundraising staff and volunteers in operating safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
                                                                    • Position statement for Advocacy (SOS Children’s Villages)
                                                                      This position statement from SOS Children’s Villages presents the key tasks necessary to ensure that the rights and needs of children without or at risk of losing parental care are prioritised by national, regional and international governments as they adopt measures to mitigate the short and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world.
                                                                    • Protection of Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Children and Alternative Care – Immediate Response Measures (Better Care Network, the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action and UNICEF)
                                                                      This technical note aims to support child protection practitioners and government officials in their immediate support for children at risk of separation or in alternative care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
                                                                    • Responding to COVID-19: Guidance for humanitarian agencies (ALNAP)
                                                                      How should humanitarian organisations prepare and respond to COVID-19 in humanitarian settings in low- and middle-income countries? This Rapid Learning Review outlines 14 actions, insights and ideas for humanitarian actors to consider in their COVID-19 responses. It summarises and synthesises the best available knowledge and guidance for developing a health response to COVID-19 in low- and middle-income settings as at April 2020.
                                                                    ,

                                                                    Thomas Howie

                                                                    Communications Coordinator

                                                                    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 #6

                                                                    7th 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

                                                                      • Podcast: Sorry, Nature Isn’t Returning (Foreign Policy )
                                                                        This podcast explores the way in which nature has been given a break during the pandemic, but concludes that this is only a short term consequence and will not have lasting positive effects on nature.

                                                                        Data and Digital

                                                                        Food security

                                                                        • Building the future of food during the crisis (Forum for the Future)
                                                                          COVID-19 has exposed the strengths, fragilities and weaknesses in our food system, which was primarily focused on maximising output, driving profit, convenience and choice. How are those operating in the food system starting to respond to this immense challenge? Three different ways of thinking about this future are emerging: managerial, entrepreneurial and visionary.
                                                                        • Locusts, floods and COVID-19: a potentially deadly combination for malnourished children across the Horn of Africa (Reliefweb)
                                                                          The return of swarms of desert locusts – with more expected to hatch in May – coupled with the impact of COVID-19 and a return of flood season will devastate the chances of survival for malnourished children in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.

                                                                        Futures

                                                                        Gender Equality

                                                                        Global China

                                                                          Multilateralism and international cooperation

                                                                          • COVID-19: Multilateralism Matters (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom)
                                                                            This article looks at the challenges that multilateralism faces in the time of COVID-19, but also at the opportunities and efforts already being made to strengthen multilateralism.
                                                                          • Expertise, Coronavirus, and the New Normal (Council on Foreign Relations)
                                                                            North-South divide in the time of coronavirus may be a preview of what will emerge on another side of the pandemic. This article argues for a more decolonised approach to global health during COVID-19.
                                                                          • The Hurdles to Developing a COVID-19 Vaccine: Why International Cooperation Is Needed (Chatham House)
                                                                            The article explores the challenges of creating a COVID-19 vaccine and how global cooperation and leadership is necessary to save the most vulnerable in the world.

                                                                          Narratives

                                                                          • COVID19 Message Testing Analysis (Development Engagement Lab, University College London)
                                                                            The Development Engagement Lab (Aid Attitudes Tracker phase II) has been thinking about development communications in COVID-19 times, testing messages with the UK public on a range of questions to understand support for international cooperation, using UK aid to invest in developing countries’ health systems, and how poverty interacts with the disease. The results shed some light on how we might best communicate our work in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
                                                                          • No crystal ball needed – evaluating the COVID-19 response (Humanitarian Exchange and Research Centre)
                                                                            Judgement without parole: The humanitarian sector has demonstrated it is incapable of reforming itself. Ed Schenkenberg analyses: The issue, not new but underlined again by the COVID-19 response, that stands in the way of real progress, is the role of the individual agency in relation to the collective response.
                                                                          • What narrative and behavioural sciences tell us about how to campaign during coronavirus (MobLab)
                                                                            What we can learn from Mindworks’ behavioural science approach to understanding action around coronavirus response.

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

                                                                          • COVID-19 could stall Africa’s integration agenda (Institute for Security Studies)
                                                                            Freedom of movement within Africa is one of the African Union’s main goals. This goal is hindered by the outbreak of COVID-19 which could have lasting negative effects on whether this goal will be attainable even after the pandemic.
                                                                          • No crystal ball needed – evaluating the COVID-19 response (HERE-Geneva)
                                                                            Sooner or later, governments, UN organisations, NGOs, and others will undertake after-action reviews and evaluations of their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many of the the lessons of COVID-19 evaluations can be understood right now.
                                                                          • Podcast: COVID-19 in fragile states: fighting conflict in the midst of a pandemic (International Institute for Strategic Studies)
                                                                            This podcast explains Africa’s vulnerability and challenges for peacekeeping due to ongoing conflicts and fragile states.
                                                                          • How to Make Sense of Uncertainty in a Coronavirus World (Singularity Hub)
                                                                            Countries are pursuing five major public health strategies to control virus transmission: antibody tests, distancing, prevention, treatment and viral testing. These strategies arise from things we can control based on the things that we know at any given moment. But what about the things we can’t control and don’t yet know?
                                                                          • Impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the African Economy (African Union)
                                                                            This report by the African Union uses a method of scenarios in order to explore the potential impact of the pandemic on various dimensions of African economies. It focuses on the possible socio-economic repercussions in order to propose policy recommendations to respond to the crisis.

                                                                          Populism and Authoritarianism

                                                                                3. Policy

                                                                            • Community leadership is key to halting COVID-19: Social Solidarity while Physical Distancing (The Movement for Community-Led Development)
                                                                              This website outlines a deep dive in the critical community-led strategies to defeat this unparalleled pandemic. MCLD intends these points and references to support collective advocacy and action.
                                                                            • COVID-19 and true solidarity on the internet (Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society)
                                                                              Digital technologies have reduced the effort required for solidarity-based action. Using hashtags, issuing personal calls to action via private social media profiles, offering neighbourhood help and undertaking organisational activities with increased responsibility to express solidarity. The relationship between individuality and collectivity has changed due to a structural transformation. Nowadays, the constitution of individuality no longer takes place in the private sphere but on the basis of social networks.
                                                                            • Take Robust Actions to Manage COVID-19 Crisis in South Asia: Joint Statement of South Asia CSOs (Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism: South and South-West Asia Working Group)
                                                                              In order to address the issues and challenges regarding the COVID-19 crisis, multiple CSOs of South Asia have jointly released this statement to draw the attention of Governments of South Asia, international communities and to affirm COVID-19 response and recovery actions as inclusive, participatory, accountable and rights-based.

                                                                                4. Operational

                                                                            • Mitigating the economic impact of COVID-19 (C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group)
                                                                              This article sets out approaches that city governments are taking to monitor and mitigate the economic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic, with five priority issues: cash flow support and guidance for affected SMEs and marginalised groups; monitoring local economic impacts; working with local industries, trade unions and NGOs; and supporting job opportunities, particularly for green jobs.
                                                                            • The $90Bn Question: Can we reach 700 million people in response to COVID-19? (The Cash Learning Partnership)
                                                                              Digital cash delivery may be more efficient but might be excluding the most vulnerable people and widening existing digital divides: In low-income countries, the offline population remains disproportionately poor, rural, elderly, and female. Only consolidated beneficiary information aligned to cross-sector and multi-organisational collaboration will be critical to delivering at scale.
                                                                            • Three Things Nonprofits Should Prioritize in the Wake of COVID-19 (Stanford Social Innovation Review)
                                                                              Why organizations need to examine their social impact, economic viability, and capacity to deliver in order to remain relevant and viable both now and into the future.
                                                                            ,

                                                                            Thomas Howie

                                                                            Communications Coordinator

                                                                            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 #5

                                                                            30th April 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

                                                                            • The impact of COVID-19 on global poverty: Why Sub-Saharan Africa might be the region hardest hit (World Bank)
                                                                              COVID-19 is taking its toll on the world, causing deaths, illnesses and economic despair. But how is the deadly virus impacting global poverty? Here we’ll argue that it is pushing about 40-60 million people into extreme poverty, with our best estimate being 49 million.
                                                                            • COVID-19 response hub (Witness)
                                                                              Civic media depicting the grassroots realities of COVID-19 is vital. This resource hub supports vulnerable communities worldwide using video and technology to expose the unseen impacts of the pandemic, as well as counter lies, mobilise action, and preserve vital evidence that will help advocate for justice in future. It supports a broad-based community, including frontline healthcare workers, community leaders and social justice activists.
                                                                            • Creative Public-Private Collaborations in Taiwan and South Korea Bolster the Fight Against Coronavirus (Stanford Social Innovation Review)
                                                                              Cooperation between the public and private sectors in Taiwan and South Korea are enabling prompt response to the challenge of distributing important health products during the COVID-19 crisis.
                                                                            • Global Humanitarian Response Plan COVID-19 (UN OCHA)
                                                                              This COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan aims to fight the virus in the world’s poorest countries, and address the needs of the most vulnerable people, especially women and children, older people, and those with disabilities or chronic illness. Coordinated by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, it brings together appeals from the WHO and other UN humanitarian agencies.
                                                                            • In the Northern Triangle, rising food insecurity tests NGO adaptability (Devex)
                                                                              A heightened risk of food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras has mobilised NGOs in the region — even those that don’t typically engage in humanitarian response — to ensure that people in both rural and urban areas will have access to food.
                                                                            • Multidimensional Poverty and COVID-19 Risk Factors: A Rapid Overview of Interlinked Deprivations across 5.7 Billion People (Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative)
                                                                              How can poverty data help with the crisis? This briefing uses the 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) to identify where people are lacking in up to 3 key poverty indicators that provide timely and relevant information for the COVID-19 response.
                                                                            • Remote technologies find a role in COVID-19 response (Devex)
                                                                              On technologies (drones, video conferencing, mobile apps, etc.) in use to deliver services remotely in various countries to overcome the confinement.
                                                                            • Report: The Impact of COVID-19 Across Africa (Geopoll)
                                                                              This study examines the perceptions and impact of COVID-19, with data collected from more than 4,500 Africans across 12 nations. Results show high levels of fear surrounding the virus its effects on economic stability and food security: 72 % are very concerned about the virus, and 80 % worried about having enough to eat in the past week.
                                                                            • Social movements in and beyond the COVID-19 crisis (Oxfam From Poverty to Power)
                                                                              Summary of readings by/on social movements and how they are dealing with the current COVID-19 pandemic, amplifying the voices of activists and people organising communities through the crisis.
                                                                            • The AfCFTA gets locked down for the year (Institute for Security Studies)
                                                                              The African Continental Free Trade Agreement was supposed to be implemented on 1 July 2020 which would have had positive impacts on Africa’s economic growth and cooperation. This date has been postponed, but the article argues that this could be used as an opportunity for Africa to become independent by using its regional value chains.
                                                                            • Voices from the Field: How NGOs Are Responding to COVID-19 (TechSoup NGO Source)
                                                                              This blog highlights some organisations taking extraordinary measures to act within the constraints of the pandemic and use this opportunity to make lasting change.
                                                                            • Voices from the Ground: Stories of Community Resilience & Entrepreneurship in the Pandemic (Oxfam From Poverty to Power)
                                                                              Stories of how local communities are coping with and responding to the global crisis on four key issues: production of face masks, awareness-raising, protection of the most vulnerable, and food systems.
                                                                            • Podcast: Women Leaders are Flattening the Curve (Foreign Policy )
                                                                              This podcast explores how the response to COVID-19 of countries such as New Zealand and others have been better than others. The countries who have responded better in relative terms all have one thing in common: female leaders.

                                                                                2. Strategic

                                                                              Climate Change and Biodiversity

                                                                              • The Effect of Coronavirus on Pollution in the UK (The Eco Experts)
                                                                                The analysis looks at how much COVID-19 social distancing measures for 12 weeks (from Boris Johnson’s 19th March announcement) will reduce emissions in 5 main areas: public transport, road vehicles, air travel, energy usage, London pollution.

                                                                              Civic Space and Human Rights

                                                                              Data and Digital

                                                                              • Artificial Intelligence against COVID-19: An Early Review (IZA Institute of Labor Economics)
                                                                                This article provides an early, and necessarily selective review, discussing the contribution of AI to the fight against COVID-19, as well as the current constraints on these contributions.
                                                                              • As content moderators go home, the content could go down (Witness)
                                                                                The sudden shift to broaden algorithmic content moderation during COVID-19 has significant potential human rights implications: from hate speech staying on platforms in vulnerable societies, to the removal of critical war crimes evidence at scale from YouTube.
                                                                              • COVID-19: arming Africa with debt, aid and open digital delivery partnership (The Africa Report)
                                                                                Africa has led the world in leapfrogging through mobile and Fintech. As a result, we can now spread accurate health messages, collect data on symptoms from citizens, trace outbreaks, track financial flows through open budgets and contracts, map geospatial data with ground-truthed data collected by local ‘factivists’ and all this information can be analysed by collaborations of data scientists and AI to help predict, prevent and invest.

                                                                              Food security

                                                                              Futures

                                                                              • How Will Covid-19 Affect the Role of NGOs? (Dianova)
                                                                                Lidiya Grigoreva, from the Office of the UN Director-General in Geneva, reflects on how the future of NGOs could look like after the pandemic.
                                                                              • A better society can emerge from the lockdowns (Financial Times)
                                                                                Amartya Sen on how history shows some crises lead to improved equality and access to food and healthcare.
                                                                              • After the Immediate Coronavirus Crisis: 3 Scenarios for Global Development (Global Policy)
                                                                                Three scenarios for how the world might look after the immediate COVID-19 crisis has passed: (i) an ugly scenario of a global meltdown, (ii) a bad scenario of a return to the pre-COVID-19 state of climate breakdown and considerable inequality, and (iii) a good scenario of a transition towards global sustainable development (a considerable challenge).
                                                                              • Click Here: New Normals During and After COVID-19 (Stanford Social Innovation Review)
                                                                                Links from SSIR’s editors to interesting news, essays, tweets, research, videos, podcasts, and more.
                                                                              • Coronavirus is accelerating eight challenging megatrends (Sydney Morning Herald/The Telegraph)
                                                                                The forces that will shape all our futures – the global tensions, the economic policies, the political ideas, the new technologies – are being sped up. We are about to experience the next 20 years in 12 months, and we need to get ready for it.
                                                                              • COVID-19 as a Critical Juncture and the Implications for Advocacy (Global Policy)
                                                                                Duncan Green’s essay on the possible longer-term impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on political, economic and social systems, the potential impact on the aid sector, and the implications for progressive advocacy, whether by CSOs or others, in defending past gains, building on new opportunities or heading off new threats.
                                                                              • Not back to normal (Elephant in the Lab)
                                                                                The bureaucrats lost control. When leaders take away uncertainty, many people feel comforted. More pessimistic and sceptic people may develop dystopian ideas, and conspiracy theories find a fertile ground to flourish. Optimistic and naïve people dream of the COVID-19 crisis supporting a revolution towards a better and more sustainable world. But uncertainty is a fundamental characteristic of complex systems, and a crisis confronts us with many alternative scenarios for the future. Plan for the unplannable.
                                                                              • Podcast: At a Distance (The Slowdown)
                                                                                A new documentary podcast series on the bigger picture and the interconnectedness of things, calling leading minds to get a whole-earth long-view perspective. Includes: the power of long-term thinking, finding a ‘whole society’ consensus, COVID-19’s impact and the climate crisis, and many more fascinating topics.
                                                                              • This is the best time to plan for urban Africa’s next health emergency (Quartz Africa)
                                                                                COVID-19 should trigger an extraordinary convening of coordinated emergency foresight teams across sectors and geographical boundaries to develop and effect strategies and action plans for a long-term change to reduce vulnerability to, and the risk of future emergencies.

                                                                              Gender Equality

                                                                              Global China

                                                                              • China, the coronavirus, and the liberal international order (Open Global Rights)
                                                                                China’s apparent success in tackling COVID-19 will bolster its authoritarian political system—and its restrictive approach to human rights.
                                                                              • Coronavirus: Will China come out on top? (BBC World Service) Podcast
                                                                                This podcasts brings together different experts and explores and debates China’s global future with regards to economics and security. China was hit first and will probably emerge out of the crisis first, however it still faces various economic, demographic and global challenges.

                                                                              Leave No One Behind – Inclusion

                                                                              • COVID-19 and Conflict: Seven Trends to Watch (Africa Portal)
                                                                                The global outbreak has the potential to wreak havoc in fragile states, trigger widespread unrest and severely test international crisis management systems. Its implications are especially serious for those caught in the midst of conflict if the disease disrupts humanitarian aid flows, limits peace operations and postpones diplomacy efforts at diplomacy.
                                                                              • Inclusive, empathetic communication will be a game changer in the Covid-19 emergency (Masimanyane Women’s Rights International)
                                                                                A South African perspective which argues that the language used around the COVID-19 pandemic can have an exclusionary effect on those living in poverty, migrants and the most vulnerable in the community.
                                                                              • Redefining vulnerability in the Era of COVID-19 (Lancet)
                                                                                Article focusses on vulnerable people who carry more of a risk regarding COVID-19. It argues that people who are not necessarily deemed vulnerable at the outset of the pandemic could become so as a result of policy responses.

                                                                                Multilateralism and international cooperation

                                                                                Narratives

                                                                                • The coming battle for the COVID-19 narrative (Vox)
                                                                                  COVID-19 (along with climate change) will alter how we think about the economy and public policy, but also the ways in which people talk about their livelihoods and futures. It will likely prompt a leftward shift on the government-versus-markets axis. But more important, it may draw on social values going beyond compliance and material gain to include ethical motivations of solidarity and duty that underpin community.

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

                                                                                Populism and Authoritarianism

                                                                                      3. Policy

                                                                                  • Policy brief: Environmental health and strengthening resilience to pandemics (OECD)
                                                                                    COVID-19 highlights the need for a comprehensive and integrated approach to human health. Enhancing environmental health through better air quality, water and sanitation, waste management, along with efforts to safeguard biodiversity, will reduce the vulnerability of communities to pandemics and thus improve overall societal well-being and resilience.
                                                                                  • Statement on the COVID-19 response from civil society members of OGP Steering Committee (Open Government Partnership)
                                                                                    The civil society members of OGP’s Steering Committee has released this statement on COVID-19 and its risks to open government. Focused on the need to sustain democratic values, the statement is a call to action to governments, donors and international organisations.
                                                                                  • The time to act is now (Africa Is a Country)
                                                                                    A letter from more than 90 African intellectuals to African leaders about the continent’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

                                                                                      4. Operational

                                                                                  • The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Learning Pathway – Open Access (Humanitarian Leadership Academy)
                                                                                    The COVID-19 Learning Pathway aims to enable humanitarians, including local responders, to be best equipped to respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic. More than 5,000 learners have already signed up.
                                                                                  • Urban Considerations for World Vision’s COVID-19 Response (World Vision)
                                                                                    What puts cities at higher risk of COVID-19 transmission? Poverty and marginalisation of specific groups and spaces creating hotspots of the pandemic in urban areas. This document serves to provide specific recommendations to the four strategic objectives of WV’s global response to COVID-19 in urban contexts, and considers needs beyond prevention and response.
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                                                                                  Thomas Howie

                                                                                  Communications Coordinator

                                                                                  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.