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Issue No: 14/2020

COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor – 22 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 feature Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, who reflects on the implications of COVID-19 for the new African Union–European Union strategic partnership. President Higgins calls for a transformative paradigm shift in the relationship between Africa and Europe, based on regional and multilateral solidarity. 

We continue our celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the establishment of UN Women with a contribution by Pravina Makan-Lakha and Molly Hamilton, which asks what we can learn about the resilience of the women, peace and security agenda from how it has responded to COVID-19.

Martin Rupiya considers how different countries in Africa have opted to deal with the elections that were scheduled for 2020, and argues that trends so far seem to indicate that it comes down to a choice between protecting the voter or the vote.

Lastly, Mohamed Salih writes about how COVID-19 has ignited the iconic debate on which comes first: freedom or security?

Managing Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
Chief Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor​
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There is now an unprecedented opportunity for Europe to begin its journey towards a new contemporary and future shared ethical relationship, and do so not only as good regionalism, but also as an exercise in multilateralism. This will forge a new approach in its relationship with Africa, this time based on solidarity. This relationship will include a fundamental re-examination of how unfair trade and existing debt structures are impeding not only the capacity to respond to COVID-19, but also the necessary transformations that a continent is getting underway with an African agency that seeks a new form of partnership with its most proximate neighbour, the European Union.

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source: IDEA & EISA
Martin Rupiya
Trust between Citizens & Institutions

COVID-19 and elections in Africa: protecting the vote or the voter?

  • Martin Revayi Rupiya

At least 22 countries in Africa were scheduled to hold either local government, parliamentary or presidential elections this year. Given the almost universal strategies adopted to prevent the spread of COVID-19 – including restricting people to their homes, border closures, travel restrictions and banning large gatherings – the decision whether to continue with some of the elections despite COVID-19 became a controversial issue. Stated differently, the decision came down to either preserving the vote or the voter.

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Source: Global Health 5050
Molly Hamilton
Trust between Citizens & Institutions

Resilience and determination: women, peace and security in the time of COVID-19

  • Pravina Makan-Lakha
  • Molly Hamilton

The year 2020 is a significant milestone for gender equality and women’s empowerment, as it marks the anniversary of unprecedented policy commitments and practical action frameworks. The COVID-19 pandemic has abruptly disrupted plans to assess the progress of these milestones, celebrate the achievements and set new objectives or goals.

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References: ACLED
Trust between Citizens & Institutions

COVID-19 policy choices in Africa: public safety, security and the limits of freedom

  • Mohamed A.R.M. Salih

COVID-19 prevention policy measures – such as working and schooling from home, travel bans and quarantines, social distancing, the mandatory wearing of masks and limitation on gatherings (for instance, funerals) – have ignited the iconic debate on which comes first: freedom or security?

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