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COVID-19 Resources for Civil Society #9

28th May 2020 by Thomas Howie

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

Click here to view all available pages.

Click here for our latest events news.

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

The sections are:

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

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

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

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

    1. Staying up-to-Date

    2. Strategic

    Biodiversity and Climate Change

      Cities and Urbanisation

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

      Civic Space and Human Rights

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

      Conflict and Humanitarian

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

      Data and Digital

        Futures

        Gender Equality

            Governance

            Multilateralism and international cooperation

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

            Narratives

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

            Populism and Authoritarianism

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

                  3. Policy

                 4. Operational

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              Thomas Howie

              Communications 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.

                          

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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.

                        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.
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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.