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Issue No: 12/2020

COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor – 8 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 focus on resilience and the role that the African Union and national and international peacebuilding plays in strengthening social cohesion and community resilience. 

Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu, one of the members of the board of trustees of the recently formed African Union COVID-19 Response Fund, leads this week’s Monitor with an overview of the work, objectives and importance of this initiative in Africa’s collective efforts to curb the spread and minimise the socio-economic impact of the coronavirus. 

James Henry Murray follows with a think piece on how public trust in governance and institutions has emerged as an important element that determines the resilience of societies to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marisha Ramdeen notes an increase in COVID-19-related social and political protests, especially in the health, education, politics and service delivery sectors, and suggests that this will be one of the categories to watch in the upcoming months.

Lastly, Cedric de Coning considers the impact of COVID-19 on peacebuilding to date. He suggests that in future, we will travel less and use more digital means to communicate and collaborate. However, the most positive change, accelerated by COVID-19, is a shift to national and local capacities for peace.

Managing Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
Chief Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor​
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Features, Livelihood Insecurity & Economic Impact

African solidarity to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the continent

  • Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu

The African Union (AU), together with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), has launched a public–private initiative known as the AU COVID-19 Response Fund. The intention of this initiative is to mobilise at least US$150 million for immediate needs to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, and up to US$400 million to support a sustainable medical response to the COVID-19 pandemic that is currently spreading across the continent.

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Cedric de Coning
Political Unrest or Violence

COVID-19 and peacebuilding: disruption, adaptation and transformation

  • Cedric de Coning

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted peacebuilding. Some see the disruption as temporary, with things returning more or less to normal after some months. Others believe many of the changes brought about by COVID-19 will transform the way we undertake peacebuilding in future. We will travel less and use more digital means to communicate and collaborate. Perhaps the most positive change, accelerated by COVID-19, is a shift in emphasis to national and local capacities for peace.

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ACCORD Conflict & Resilience Monitor
References: ACLED

Approximately 100 days into the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a notable increase in social and political protests in some countries in Africa. These protests reflect pre-existing frustrations with social and political conditions that have now been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 restrictions, especially in health, education, politics and service delivery.

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James Henry Murray
Trust between Citizens & Institutions

Coping with COVID-19: the role of public trust and cohesion in societal resilience

  • James Henry Murray

Public trust in governance and institutions has emerged as an important element that determines the resilience of a society to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. This helps to explain why some governments have been able to maintain onerous lockdowns effectively and why others with relatively strong economies and health systems are struggling to contain the spread of the virus.

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