As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, one urgent issue that CIC is watching is the price of food around the world. In this short talking points memo, Sarah Cliffe and Nendirmwa Noel highlight specific country situations, emerging risks, and practical recommendations.
Last week, the UN released two plans to address the COVID-19 pandemic: one on global humanitarian response, and another report from the secretary-general outlining a plan of action for combatting the economic and social dimensions of the virus. In this commentary, CIC makes 5 key observations about what the plans get right and how they might do more.
The NYU Center on International Cooperation, like our partners and colleagues around the world, is adapting our work to cope with the impact of the COVID–19 pandemic and contribute within our own areas of expertise. This message from CIC Director Sarah Cliffe explains how our work on peace, justice, inclusion, and reducing inequalities will continue, as we also strive to to contribute to the global conversation about how governments, multilateral institutions, and civil society can respond to COVID–19.
South Africa is preparing to back one of the largest infrastructure projects on the continent: the Inga III hydroelectric dam in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A new report from CIC’s Congo Research Group and Phuzumoya Consulting, I Need You, I Don’t Need You: South Africa and Inga III, places South Africa’s backing of Inga III in the context of foreign policy, arguing that the contradictory and uncertain dynamics of South African support for the dam puts into question the bankability—and indeed the feasibility—of the whole project.