Lockdown measures have been an integral tool in the fight against COVID-19. But they come at a high cost, given their impacts on economies, employment and incomes, education, food systems, mental health and even the potential for civil unrest. This policy briefing examines how countries are balancing the need for lockdown with policy measures to alleviate their effects and plans for reopening.
Formerly a small local militia, Guidon Shimiray’s Nduma Defence of Congo-Rénové (NDC-R) is today one of the most powerful armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). A new report from CIC's Congo Research Group (CRG) draws on 18 months of fieldwork to provide the first in-depth investigation into the origins of this armed group, showing how it is part of a proxy war led by the Congolese army.
The coronavirus pandemic intersects with existing forms of social exclusion. Evidence of disparate health impact on minorities in many countries, as well as reports of unequal treatment, scapegoating, and abuse, suggest that social exclusion is compromising the effectiveness of efforts to stem the spread of the virus. COVID-19 responses should strive to strengthen social inclusion and leave no one behind.
The humanitarian crisis in northern Syria is on the verge of becoming a COVID-19 catastrophe. A decade of conflict has left the healthcare system in ruins—and millions of displaced people in Idlib province were already suffering due to a lack of shelter and sanitation. This policy briefing delves into roots of the humanitarian crisis in Idlib, details the current capacity of the exhausted healthcare system amid the ongoing conflict, and examines what these constraints mean for mounting a response to the spread of the coronavirus.
Whether COVID-19 has affected you personally, or whether you are just trying to survive through social distancing, the COVID-19 pandemic is universally fraying our nerves—from individual health and even death, to massive economic uncertainty, to the anxiety generated in daily interactions within anyone or anything that comes from outside the boundaries of our own homes.