Afghanistan faces many hurdles in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic: a prolonged armed conflict, a lack of social protection systems, limited healthcare capacity, and insufficient preparedness and coordination mechanisms. This briefing provides an overview of the current state of the COVID-19 response in Afghanistan against the background of the ongoing conflict.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, policymakers must navigate public perceptions of coronavirus risk and government responses. This two-part briefing pulls together data from recent global and regional polls to provide a descriptive summary of trends in public opinion towards COVID-19. The first part focuses on levels of public trust in government and other institutions and on public perceptions of the trade-offs involved in calibrating lockdown measures, while the second part compares these results with polling from low-income countries.
Lockdown measures have been an integral tool in the fight against COVID-19. But they come at a high cost, given their impacts on economies, employment and incomes, education, food systems, mental health and even the potential for civil unrest. This policy briefing examines how countries are balancing the need for lockdown with policy measures to alleviate their effects and plans for reopening.
Formerly a small local militia, Guidon Shimiray’s Nduma Defence of Congo-Rénové (NDC-R) is today one of the most powerful armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). A new report from CIC's Congo Research Group (CRG) draws on 18 months of fieldwork to provide the first in-depth investigation into the origins of this armed group, showing how it is part of a proxy war led by the Congolese army.
The coronavirus pandemic intersects with existing forms of social exclusion. Evidence of disparate health impact on minorities in many countries, as well as reports of unequal treatment, scapegoating, and abuse, suggest that social exclusion is compromising the effectiveness of efforts to stem the spread of the virus. COVID-19 responses should strive to strengthen social inclusion and leave no one behind.