Covid-19, Conflict, and Governance Evidence Summary No.2

29th May 2020
Author: Siân Herbert

This weekly Covid-19 Conflict and Governance Evidence Summary aims to signpost DFID and other UK government departments to the latest evidence and opinions on Covid-19 (C19), to inform and support their responses. This week, key focus issues and themes include: the impact of C19 in Latin America, as it now appears to be the epicentre of C19 cases; how C19 is deepening existing conflicts and crises in Yemen and South Sudan; and a range of organised crime topics – from the emboldening of criminal groups in Brazil to increased deforestation and organised crime. This week’s addition features papers on: the specific vulnerabilities of youth and the need to include them in C19 responses, how West African states are exploiting C19 to repress opposition and manipulate elections, and a checklist for policy responses to target violence against healthcare workers, patients and facilities. The summary uses two main sections – (1) literature: – this includes policy papers, academic articles, and long-form articles that go deeper than the typical blog; and (2) blogs & news articles. The articles in section (1) that are journal articles, or that explicitly state having been peer reviewed, are highlighted in yellow. It is the result of one day of work, and is thus indicative but not comprehensive of all issues or publications.

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Herbert, S. (2020). COVID-19 Conflict and Governance Evidence Summary No.2. K4D Evidence Summary. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies


29th May 2020


Continent: Global

Country: Brazil, Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen