IHSA´s Blog Posts Selection

Here is IHSA’s humanitarian blog selection #2.  It presents recently published blogs that are relevant to humanitarian studies. At the moment these are mainly about the COVID-19 crisis. They highlight the humanitarian crisis created by India’s sudden lockdown policy – when the poorest laborers and migrant workers streamed out of cities to walk back to their villages without any guarantee of food, shelter or income. The fear of a disproportionate impact of the Coronavirus on refugees and migrants, and the potential for authoritarian regimes or warring parties to abuse the crisis for political gains, remains a theme this week. So does the need for good epidemiological knowledge, and the importance of learning lessons from the Ebola crisis. New themes are the importance of local participation in planning a response and thus the need for speeding up the localization agenda as part of humanitarian reform. As before, please send us your blogs for inclusion in next week’s selection. These can be posts in English, French or Spanish. Please share interesting links for inclusion to info@ihsa.infoPlease submit blogs for next week by the 12th of April at 23:59hrs Central European Time.

We hope you enjoy the read!

Our selection for the week:
30th March - 5th of April
COVID-19  related blog posts and op-eds:
‘The pandemic is a portal’
By:  Arundhati Roy - Via: Financial Times
Indian novelist Arundhati Roy describes in this article how coronavirus threatens India and what she thinks the country, and the world should do next.

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COVID-19: Listening will mean life or death to millions
By: Nick van Praag   - Via: Ground Truth Solutions
As we grapple with the twin health and economic crises created by COVID-19, nowhere is this challenge greater than in the camps and shantytowns that are home to the world’s 70 million refugees and displaced people. For them, existence is already a daily struggle without the additional strains posed by the coronavirus.

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Lessons from the COVID-19 crisis for climate change politics
By: Murat Arsel - Via: ISS Blog

COVID-19 and climate change bear striking – and worrying – similarities and differences. While COVID-19 has been identified as an immediate threat and action has been taken despite the absence of comprehensive knowledge, uncertainty has been touted as impeding concerted efforts to transform energy systems to combat climate change.

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The home front: How international aid workers are fighting COVID-19 in Italy
By: Stefania D´Ignoti  - Via: The New Humanitarian
“What’s happening in Italy is a humanitarian crisis,” Miccio said in a phone interview with The New Humanitarian. “But it is also a social crisis testing our welfare system, where the most vulnerable categories are at risk of being the collateral victims of an already dire context.” This article reviews the current situation in Italy from an international aid worker perspective.

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How is COVID-19 impacting Human Rights?
By: Lutz Oette  - Via: SOAS
COVID-19 constitutes a major stress test for societies, states, and the international order. When it comes to the human rights dimension, many countries are failing this test. Neoliberal economic, austerity and hostile environments policies have left social protection threadbare.

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COVID-19: “Know your Epidemic, Act on its Politics.”
By: Alex de Waal  - Via: World Peace Foundation
This essay suggests three basic considerations for planning COVID-19 responses in Africa: (1) anticipate the country-specific demographic pattern of the national epidemic; (2) examine the conditions required for the standard “lockdown” policy to succeed; and (3) make a consultative political assessment of the epidemic response and its impacts on the economy, society, and governance.

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Dealing with COVID-19 in conflict zones needs a different approach
By: Katie Peters, Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy  - Via: Thomson Reuters Foundation
Conflict zones are fraught with various forms of discrimination that pose additional challenges to fighting COVID-19 compared to other contexts with stable functioning governments. Drawing on our work on conflict and hazard-related disaster response in conflict zones, we outline four areas that warrant close attention by humanitarians and politicians alike.

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General blog posts and op-eds on humanitarian studies:
Learning the lessons from the EU–Turkey deal: Europe’s renewed test
By: Amanda Gray Meral  - Via: ODI
As the European Union (EU) meets the Turkish government to review its now-failed 2016 deal, it faces a renewed test: strengthen its borders and shut out refugees and other migrants, or recognize that the human and political costs are too high a price to pay. How will it move forward?

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Week´s Special: Humanitarian Alternatives
Humanitarian Alternatives is an international review of debate and research dedicated to humanitarian action. Published three times a year, its bilingual issues (French/English) are available in printed form and on their website. During the COVID-19 outbreak, Humanitarian Alternatives has also decided to start a bibliographical selection, which is available in the link below. Posts in both French and English are of free access in this selection.
Highlights on Covid19 from earlier this month
(Suggestions from our readers)

COVID-19: The future of humanitarian action, sooner rather than later?
Date: 27 March
By: Melanie Book
Via: Centre for Humanitarian Leadership

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How Will the COVID-19 Pandemic Reshape Refugee and Migration Governance?
Date: 27 March
By: Kristin B. Sandvik and Adèle Garnier

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What actions are required to mitigate the impacts of coronavirus on the poorest and most vulnerable people?
Date: 27 March 
By: Harpinder Collacott
Via: Development Initiatives

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COVID-19: five lessons from Ebola
Date: 20 March
By: Sorcha O’Callaghan
Via: ODI

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Water concerns, India and COVID-19: the lesser-known battle
Date: March 26, 2020
By: Sahana Goswami and Samrat Basak
Via: WRI India

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How Latin America and the Caribbean are dealing with COVID-19
Date: March 23
By: Zoe PC
Via: People Dispatch

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Don’t Count on Disaster Diplomacy as a Path to Peace 
Date: March 3
By: Ilan Kelman 
Via: Foreign Policy

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