During the first quarter of 2022, signs continued to emerge that suggest the most acute stage of the pandemic is slowly drawing towards its end. COVID-19, a black-swan event that disrupted the world, brought into sharp focus systemic issues surrounding inequality and exclusion that well predated 2020. Societies that experienced deeper societal inequities before the crisis ended up being more vulnerable to both the infection spread and the related economic recession.
Over the past two years, COVID-19 has deeply impacted mental health, both for individuals and entire communities, weakening trust between governments and people. This brief explores how justice systems and actors are interlinked with mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, and it makes the case for addressing the negative effects of these dynamics in a more systemized way.
For refugees, legal empowerment is often fundamental to their ability to survive and rebuild. This paper grapples with legal empowerment and how it can be achieved to have #JusticeForRefugees, looking at its role, its availability, and how it is practiced in relation to refugee communities.
Months and even years before the Russian convoy of tanks and artillery started crossing the border into Ukraine, initiating attacks on the ground and in the air, another war has already been underway—the war in cyberspace.
Until now, improvements in physical security and a reduction in corruption since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan offer opportunities to the country, but actions are needed by both the international community and the interim Taliban administration to avoid realizing the current dire outlook predicted by two recent World Bank reports.