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Issue No: 13/2020

COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor – 15 July 2020

During the COVID-19 crisis ACCORD's analysis will be focused on the impact of the pandemic on conflict and resilience in Africa.

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ACCORD COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
References: AfricaCDC, ACLED and African Arguments

In this week’s Monitor, we celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the establishment of UN Women by featuring Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who reflects on the critical importance of gender equality in the fight against COVID-19.

Continuing our focus on resilience, Linda Darkwa looks at the pathways for enhancing resilience in the Ghanaian experience with COVID-19 to date. Mwansa Rodgers then uses the philosophy of Ubuntu to reflect on the various initiatives undertaken in Kenya to ensure social protection of the vulnerable and affected sectors of the population by COVID-19. 

Lastly, Jide Martyns Okeke asks what we can learn from the data about the link between COVID-19 and security, and its impact on regional peace operations in Africa.

Managing Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
Chief Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor​
UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz
UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz
Features, Trust between Citizens & Institutions

Gender equality needed to address COVID-19 in conflict and peace

  • Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

If we do not change the face of politics, if we continue to ignore the lessons of decades of women’s activism, if we continue to spend our resources on weapons rather than on social services, we will have a harder time recovering from this pandemic, preventing the next one, or overcoming the climate crisis. It is an easy choice to make.

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EGF Donates PPEs to Public Hospitals
EGF Donates PPEs to Public Hospitals
Livelihood Insecurity & Economic Impact

COVID-19, ubuntu and social protection

  • Mwansa Rodgers

The measures taken by African governments to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic may have saved thousands of lives, but they have also left many struggling socially and economically in one way or another. In this turbulent moment, we need solidarity, inspired by ubuntu, so that we can be fully human together amidst COVID-19 for a common purpose of social protection, human dignity and economic stability.

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ACCORD Conflict & Resilience Monitor
References: ACLED

COVID-19 could deepen fragility and exacerbate violent conflict, though data from regional security interventions to date suggest that not much has changed. However, with the rapid spread of COVID-19, the likelihood of a worsening security situation and a more constrained operational effectiveness of security personnel is a possibility.

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NIPAH DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images
NIPAH DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images
Linda Darkwa
Trust between Citizens & Institutions

Pathways for enhancing resilience in Ghana during COVID-19

  • Linda Akua Opongmaa Darkwa

Conflict-sensitive approaches to developing national strategies for addressing COVID-19 in Ghana – including strategic communication, situating preventive and response measures within the rule of law, broad-based stakeholder consultations and reliance on evidence-based information for decision-making – were critical to minimising the conflict multiplier potential of the COVID-19 prevention and response efforts.

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