This weekly Covid-19, Conflict, and Governance Evidence Summary aim to signpost DFID and other UK government departments to the latest evidence and opinions on Covid-19 (C19), to inform and support their responses.
This week, features resources on how C19 is affecting relations between the state and religious authorities in North Africa; how Trump’s “war on expertise” has negatively affected the US C19 response; how to understand South Korea’s successful C19 response as a response to lessons learned from MERS-CoV; empirical evidence on lockdowns and domestic violence in Argentina; and technological innovations that C19 is driving in West Africa.
Many of the core C19 themes continue to be covered this week, including the severe impact of C19 response measures on children and childhood development, with particularly vulnerable groups like unaccompanied children in conflict-affected contexts, and the need for C19 child protection policy responses, including C19 responses focussing on girls.
The summary uses two main sections – (1) literature: – this includes policy papers, academic articles, and long-form articles that go deeper than the typical blog; and (2) blogs & news articles. It is the result of one day of work and is thus indicative but not comprehensive of all issues or publications.
Due to the emerging nature of the Covid-19 crisis, this rapid weekly summary includes blogs, and news articles, in addition to policy and academic literature. The sources included are found through searches of Google Scholar, Google, and ReliefWeb with the keywords:
(“COVID-19” OR “coronavirus”) AND (“developing countries” OR “Africa” OR “Asia” OR “Middle East” OR “Latin America” OR “Pacific”) AND (“conflict” OR “peace” OR “violence” OR “resilience” OR “fragility”) OR (“authoritarian*” OR “democra*” OR “corrupt*” OR “transparency” OR “state legitimacy” OR “non-state actors” OR “state capacity” OR “state authority” OR “politic*” OR “state institutions”)
The searches are restricted to articles published in the previous seven days, in English. This is complemented by a focussed Twitter search (using just the pages of a small selection of research organisations, and key scholars/thinkers, including those funded by the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID)); and through email recommendations from DFID advisors and leading experts. This is a trial and error approach, which will be refined and changed over the coming weeks. If you have literature to include in the weekly summary, please email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Priscilla Baafi for research assistance support, and Professor Heather Marquette for expert advice.