Coming to peace with COVID-19?
Tanja Kasten, Co-Authors: Anna-Maria Heisig and Elsa Benhöfer
FriEnt | 2020
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. The study Coming to peace with Covid-19? explores the implications of the pandemic to gain a better understanding of current dynamics of peace and conflict across the world: Contributions from four global peace networks and 27 partner organisations provide a vivid picture of current trends and developments regarding peace and conflict dynamics, access to justice, respect for the rule of law, democratic governance and inclusive participation, and the protection of vulnerable groups. Policy recommendations address major risks for the core objectives of SDG 16 and on how to apply a peacebuilding lens on COVID-19 response measures.
The study is a joint initiative of the Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt) and the GIZ Governance and Conflict Department SDG 16 Focal Person and incorporates the findings of a global survey among peace groups, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), transnational networks, and local partners of the German Civil Peace Service (CPS).