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 public perceptions of government responses to C19 (comparing views from democracies and non-democracies) and how C19 is shaping European public perceptions on issues around sovereignty, world order, and European cooperation; C19 impacts on peace and transition processes and political trust and social cohesion in Kurdistan Region-Iraq; and how food vulnerability is increasing conflict risks.
Many of the core C19 themes continue to be covered this week, including C19 increasing extreme poverty; C19 increasing gender-based violence and gender inequality; the rise of authoritarianism with an interesting paper on negotiating states of emergency; and the changing world order.
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.