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Covid-19 Webinar Series

This webinar series explores different facets of the pandemic and how they relate to global development challenges and research needs. 

Using case studies from across the world, speakers reflect on the impact from, and responses to, the pandemic. Discussions explore how global development researchers can contribute to a better understanding of the impact of Covid-19 and reducing the likelihood and impact of future pandemics.

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Previous webinars

Inequalities in Global Finance and Gender: Economic Responses to Covid-19

30 July 2020

Covid-19 is exacerbating social and economic inequalities across the world. Developing countries face particularly severe constraints to economic policy-making. There has been a dramatic reversal of capital flows in the wake of the pandemic and many developing countries have experienced currency depreciation as well as severe debt and liquidity problems. As fiscal spaces have become constrained, activists, academics, and policy-makers are calling for debt moratoria, debt relief and IMF support. 

At the same time, feminist economists across the world have been pointing to the fact that COVID-19 also exacerbates gender inequalities, because of the uneven impact of the lockdown on women. This webinar brings these two perspectives together to unpack the economic and financial consequences of the pandemic on developing economies and women in developing economies in particular and hopes to open a discussion on what kinds of policies at the global and domestic level are necessary to address the challenges developing countries, and in particular women in developing countries, face.

Speakers

  • Daniela Gabor is a Professor of Economics and Macro-Finance at the University of West England, Bristol
  • Crystal Simeoni is Director of NAWI: Afrifem Macroeconomics 

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Climate justice movements and Covid-19 in the Global South

7 July 2020

Recent debates have linked future climate action to the current responses to Covid-19. How investments are made will determine how communities in the Global South, who have contributed least to climate change, are impacted by current and future climate change. This is likely to change how local, national and regional communities engage in advocacy for climate justice. This session will highlight why local-national-regional linkages in climate justice are important for climate change policy and will also bring together experiences from two regions in the Global South—Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. 

Speakers

  • Dr Deborah Delgado Pugley is a Professor and Researcher of Sociology at PUCP (Peru) focusing on global environmental politics, sustainable development policies and environmental issues at the community level.
  • Dr Prakash Kashwan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Co-Director of the Research Program on Economic and Social Rights, Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut, Storrs.
  • Zainab Aliyu is a 3rd Year Leverhulme Doctoral Scholar in Climate Justice at the University of Reading.

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Covid-19 and the ‘Global Development Industry’

29 June 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is having an unprecedented effect on global development. But could this time be both unprecedented and liminal? Could it offer us a unique opportunity to rethink the Development Industry and how we approach the business of development? And what might that look like? Or will we all return to ‘business as usual’?

Christine Wallace chairs a panel discussion to explore the impact of Covid-19 on the Global Development industry and discuss the challenges presented by Covid-19 to the business of development. This workshop will explore these questions from the viewpoints of five speakers from different aspects of the ‘development industry’.

Speakers

  • Dr Rita Bissoonauth presently heads the African Union International Centre for Girls and Women’s Education in Africa (AU/CIEFFA) based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
  • Dr Joanne Bosworth is UNICEF’s Chief of Public Finance and Local Governance based in New York where she leads UNICEF’s global programmatic work to support the development and resourcing of equitable social policies to realise children’s rights. 
  • Dr Nicholas Burnett has over 30 years of experience in Development, particularly in the education sector. His last position was leading the global education portfolio at Results for Development (R4D), but his distinguished career includes spells with UNESCO, the World Bank, the British government and his own consulting firm.
  • Jonathan Glennie is a writer, researcher, consultant and practitioner on international poverty and human rights.
  • John Young is Executive director of INASP. Previously, John was head of the RAPID (Research and Policy in Development) programme at ODI, a global leader on the research-policy interface. 

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  • Christine Wallace is a consultant in International Development, with 30 years experience spanning from NGO work on relief and rehabilitation, managing area-based development programmes with UN agencies, advising governments on sector policies with DFID, to policy development with DFID and the European Union.

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Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Time of Coronavirus: Perspectives from Brazil and India

12 June 2020

Covid-19 interacts with underlying political trends in the 'rising powers', especially their complex relationship with democracy and authoritarianism. This session explored how the coronavirus pandemic affects political dynamics in Brazil and India, and particularly the perceived shift of both countries towards more authoritarian governance in recent years. The session examined how the crisis intersects with the politics of Hindutva in India and the end of the Pink Tide in Brazil, how it affects the quality of democracy and the potential of movements which oppose the governments in both countries.

Speakers

  • Dr Sabrina Fernandes, academic and activist, researching currents within left activism in Brazil during the rise of Jair Bolsonaro
  • Dr Harsh Mander, public intellectual working on human rights, citizenship and social exclusion.

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