Major risk for peace and development processes

The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly developed into a multilateral crisis that poses a continuing threat for people, societies and politics in all parts of the world. While health hazards and economic effects are primary concerns for response measures, implications for peace, justice and inclusion receive far less attention, although the consequences are equally severe. 

All studies and observations clearly show that the Covid-19 pandemic is associated with major risks for peace and development processes and give cause for concern: there are regressions and negative developments as well as clear signals of political instrumentalisation of the pandemic, which jeopardises progress already made and poses additional challenges to the work of local actors.

The Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt) is an association of governmental organisations, church development agencies, civil society networks, and political foundations.


Arbeitsgemeinschaft Frieden

und Entwicklung (FriEnt) c/ o GIZ

Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 36

53113 Bonn

Tel +49 228 4460-1916


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