IHSA´s Blog Posts Selection

IHSA is pleased to send its humanitarian blog posts selection #3.  It presents recently published blogs that are relevant to humanitarian studies. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to dominate blogs on humanitarian issues.  This week, a new issue they highlight is the reduction in remittances which may cause a humanitarian crisis for many populations in the global south; many diasporas in Europe and the US have lost their jobs or are unable to work due to illness. The risk of Covid-19 exacerbating existing inequalities, discrimination and exclusions remains a key theme; whether for refugees, displaced or migrants, as does the impact of the pandemic on already crisis-affected populations.  A couple of blogs highlight the difficulties of delivering aid, and of doing research remotely.  Finally, we are pleased to include two blogs written in Spanish this week. 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 Please submit blogs for next week by the 19th of April at 23:59hrs Central European Time.

We hope you enjoy the read!

Our selection for the week:
6th - 12th of April
COVID-19  related blog posts and op-eds:
After the Pandemic: Reimagining the Role of State and Non-State Actors in (Re)building National Health Systems in the Arab World
By:  Fadi El-jardali - Via: Arab Reform Initiative
In the Arab region, countries have become increasingly dependent on non-state actors, notably the private sector, for healthcare provision and any response that includes the State alone may not be sufficient to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Caught Between Coronavirus and Islamophobia Rohingya Refugees in India have nowhere to turn
By: Mudasir Armin   - Via: Refugee Law Initiative
The healthcare infrastructure is already overwhelmed in the midst of this crisis, even in countries with the best facilities in the world, so where does that leave refugees who neither have a home to go to nor a state to demand rights from? 

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Community spaces in India: constructing solidarity in pandemic times?
By: Supurna Bannerjee - Via: Open Democracy

Can the initiatives we see pave the way for the exercise of participatory democracy, of solidarity as a way of everyday living?

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How Will Remittances Affect the Somali COVID-19 Response?
By: Nisar Majid, Laura Hammond, Khalif Abdirahman, Guhad Adan, Nauja Kleist - Via: LSE
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads into the Horn of Africa, and as diaspora communities become affected by lockdowns, layoffs, and illness, the remittance lifeline that sustains more than 40% of Somalis is being attenuated.

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Coronavirus as a pretext for detention? On the latest disconcerting developments in Calais
By: Luke Buckler  - Via: Refugee Rights
If the wellbeing of migrants was a real concern, locking them up in a disused military base near Calais wouldn’t be a consideration. Locking people up under any regime would most likely be ineffective at keeping the detainees safe from the pandemic. COVID-19 is spreading through prisons.

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In Bangladesh, COVID-19 threatens to cause a humanitarian crisis
By: Asif Saleh - Via: World Economic Forum
“We need to think hard about an appropriate public response in a place as densely populated as Bangladesh, where most families’ ability to eat depends on daily wages and 87% of employment is generated by the informal sector.“ 

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The great amplifier: COVID-19, migration, and inequality
By: Heaven Crawley  - Via: Mideq
The relationship between migration and inequality is profound but largely under-analysed. We know that migration can reduce inequality and contribute to positive development outcomes by redistributing resources at the national, regional and even global levels. But COVID-19 has severely disrupted access to the opportunities associated with migration.

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Rethinking how to respond to COVID-19 in places where humanitarian crises intersect 
By: Rod Mena  - Via: ISS Blog
The responses implemented in many countries are not sufficient to minimize impacts that include the potential loss of thousands of lives in vulnerable contexts; prevention and context-specific solutions that also address the root causes of humanitarian crises are needed now more than ever.

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Looking at the coronavirus crisis through the nexus lens – what needs to be done
By: Sarah Dalrymple - Via: Development Initiatives
Sarah Dalrymple puts forward actions that humanitarian, development and peace actors can take to apply the nexus approach to the devastating COVID-19 pandemic and thereby help mitigate its impact.

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 “We are all fragile, but we are not all equally fragile”: Humanitarian operations amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
By: Andrea Silkoset  - Via: PRIO Blogs
Four thematic areas have emerged in humanitarian circles as the most discussed so far: 1) Health infrastructure and health information; 2) Exacerbation of existing vulnerabilities; 3) Refugees and other migrants; and 4) Access and delivery of humanitarian aid.

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Nuestra selección para la semana del
6 al 12 de Abril
Posts relacionados con COVID-19 o estudios humanitarios en español:
“Quédate en casa o te matan”, el otro confinamiento que vive el sur del Chocó
Por: José puentes  - Via: PACIFISTA !
La emergencia por el coronavirus y la presencia del ELN y las Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia mantienen en un doble confinamiento a 3.083 afros, campesinos e indígenas del Alto Baudó. José Puentes relata la crisis que vive este grupo de más de tres mil personas de las zonas rurales de Alto Baudó hacia Pie de Pató.

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¿Grupos vulnerables o vulnerados?
By: Francisco Rey Marcos  - Via: IECAH
El uso de términos como vulnerabilidad, colectivos vulnerables u otros relacionados se ha hecho tan generalizado en nuestro lenguaje que ya apenas se usan otros que venían utilizándose, con mayor o menor rigor y fortuna, para definir las situaciones en las que ahora todo lo ocupa la vulnerabilidad. Y así, otros términos y conceptos han ido dejando paso a la vulnerabilidad como concepto que todo lo engloba...

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Highlights on Covid19 from earlier this month
(Suggestions from our readers)

COVID-19 in Conflict-Torn Mali
Date: 27 March
By: Marie Sandnes
Via: Centre for Humanitarian Leadership

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