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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

                        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.