This dossier is developed for our network and others to navigate the COVID-19 information overload. Here, we bring together contributions –both new and existing– that are particularly useful for the development sector; sharing perspectives that offer a different angle and go beyond immediate responses to this crisis.
We are, in short, fair-weather democrats. The reason seems our distorted view of policy, science, and politics. This article therefore presents three arguments why this crisis demands more, not less democracy.
The biggest challenge is responding in the short term while maintaining a long-term view on the ‘big changes’ we are trying to support.
As Somalia braces for the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, debt relief will not help prepare it for the financial and political catastrophe ahead.
Just as our bodies need oxygen, the economy needs money – so the theory goes. If we do not steer away from this limited paradigm, then the cure we apply now will become a liability by giving rise to potential crises in the future.
Limiting the effects of the pandemic on Africa requires an urgent global response. The international community must provide support in ways that strengthen, rather than undermine, Africans’ freedoms.
An effective response to a global health crisis of this nature – which straddles the priorities of humanitarian, development and peacebuilding actors – demands a joined-up or ‘nexus’ response.