Topic: Health and Education

Corona Cartoon Competition: time to pick the overall winner

Time to pick the overall winner in our Corona Cartoon Comp. After the first 350 votes in last Friday’s competition and Pablo Suarez’ great post on the role of humour in social change, we have clear winners in the 3 categories (Lockdown/Working From Home; Injustice and Politics; Random Funny). So now, let’s make them slug […]

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Coronavirus and the case for care: Envisioning a just, feminist future

Guest post by Oxfam’s Amber Parkes, Anam Parvez and Dana Stefov There’s no ‘pause’ button for care The Coronavirus is highlighting just how essential care work is to our economy, health and survival. The idea that we are in an economic ‘shutdown’ is a misnomer. Huge amounts of unpaid care work are forcing many (mainly women) […]

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Navigating speculation and contagion conspiracies in Africa

Adejoke Adeboyejo is a freelance writer based in Lagos, Nigeria. She writes about healthcare, women and other development issues. Since the coronavirus pandemic began, conspiracy theories have flourished and spread like the virus itself. Some believe the virus is bioengineered, while others say the pandemic is a conspiracy of big pharmaceutical companies or a plot […]

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Covid Links I ‘Liked’

Not much fun on today’s links – if that’s what you’re looking for, head to Friday’s Corona-Cartoon competition, (example, right), where voting is still going strong How to feed your family during Zimbabwe’s lockdown Lockdown must be getting to me. I’m starting to agree with Piers Morgan What’s going on in Africa? According to the […]

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Where have we got to on Covid and debt relief?

Guest post by Ana Caistor Arendar, Head of Inequality Campaigns and Policy at Oxfam GB Over the past weeks, we’ve seen some of the richest countries in the world struggle with the effects of Covid-19 and the health and economic emergency it has brought in its wake. But at least they have the resources to […]

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Fast Research can fix government feedback loops broken by Covid – great example from Bangladesh

I’ve been thinking about feedback in terms of the way Covid is playing out on the ground. Or rather, the lack of it. Lockdown interrupts/diminishes the flow of information from the ground to governments. Decision makers, be they politicians or senior officials, can’t send out researchers or underlings to find out what’s going on in […]

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Covid Links I Liked

Just a standard UK Public Safety Announcement, right? But then my neighbour Jay Rayner spotted something. ‘I’m concerned about the black sleeved hand on the calf of the woman on the right. It can’t be hers because she has her left hand in the bowl. The other woman’s left hand couldn’t reach that far. THERE […]

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Covid Development Nutshell: audio summary of FP2P posts, w/b 20th April

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Voices from the Ground: Stories of Community Resilience & Entrepreneurship in the Pandemic

Guest post by Yogesh Ghore (left) and Farouk Jiwa, of the Coady International Institute For the last 60 years the Coady Institute has been working with community leaders and organisations supporting leadership and knowledge building at the grassroots level. Many of our 9,000 graduates from over 133 countries, and partners across the world, are on […]

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How is Covid-19 affecting Civil Society worldwide? How is it Responding?

I’m a huge fan of the work of Saskia Brechenmacher and Thomas Carothers at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, who regularly contribute brilliant pieces like this one to FP2P on issues of democracy and civil society. They (along with Richard Youngs) have just published a really useful survey of the impact of Covid-19 on […]

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On Covid-19 Social Science can save lives: where do we start?

Second installment from Heather Marquette In yesterday’s post, I looked at some of the social and political complexities around Covid-19 and measures to tackle it, bringing in some graphics to try to better communicate what this means and what we need to worry about. Today, one more graphic (an important one, I think) introducing a […]

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Using Graphics to Cut Through Covid’s Complexity

Guest post from Heather Marquette The international Covid-19 response so far makes clear that ‘one size doesn’t fit all’, and that the urgent interpretation and application of science is hugely challenging and is framed by political room for manoeuvre.  ‘One size doesn’t fit all’ is easy to say, but hard to do. As well as […]

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