Conflict, Development, and Covid-19 Resources

The Covid-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting vulnerable populations around the world. The consequences of the virus on conflict-affected states are so powerful that United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for a global ceasefire to stop violent conflict in support of the fight against novel coronavirus.

The Political Settlements Research Programme is committed to supporting communities experiencing violent conflict. We have put together a list of blogs and other resources addressing the Covid-19 pandemic from the perspective of conflict-affected states. If you would like to add to this list, please email

Read our statement on how we are handling our work during this time.

Conflict, Development, and Covid-19 Links

  1. CV-19 impact on conflict 

Covid-19 and Violent Conflict: Responding to Predictable Unpredictability – Christine Bell, Political Settlements Research Programme (Just Security)

Covid-19 and Conflict: Seven Trends to Watch – Crisis Group

Conlict and peace scenarios in times of conflict

Dan Smith, SPRI Director, Covid-19-Coflict Youtube analysis

1.b Unity-Separatist issues

Devolved Spain Struggles for Unity Against Coronovirus

2. Development -Related

The Virus that Ends Us: On the Ethics of Withdrawal and Affirmation – Jan Pospisil, Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (CPD Policy Blog)

Global Health Security – COVID-19 & Humanitarian Response: Leave No-One Behind – Alistair D. B. Cook, RSiS

Coronavirus and aid: what we’re watching – New Humanitarian

Q&A: WHO’s Mike Ryan on how countries in crisis can perpare for a coronavirus epidemic – New Humanitarian

How You Can Protect Your Community, Not Just Your Own HealthOeindrila Dube and , NY Times

Protecting African Garment Industry from Covid Fallout?

3. Emergency Legislation and States of Emergency

Pandemics and Human Rights – Doug Rutzen and Nikhil Dutta (Just Security)

IDEA Declarations of emergency have emerged throughout the world in response to #covid2019 what is the role of the Constitution in times of crisis? 

NEW APT (Association of Prevention of Torture), COVID-19 Hub with updated information on detained persons, often linked to emergency laws

South Asia states of emergency, Asanga Welikala

Political finance oversight during a global health pandemic – Yukihiko Hamada, IDEA

4. Ceasefires

Coronavirus: ceasefires and resolutions in project at UN

5. Gender

Women Peace and Security in the Time of Corona – Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security (Women Peace and Security blog)

Waging a war against a virus is not what we need to be doing – Cynthia Enloe (WILPF)

Women, in refugee camps in Bangladesh promote hygiene in refugee campes amid Corona Virus fears, 

Covid-19: Militarise or Organise? – Ray Acheson, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

6. International Influence and Mediation of Peace processes

Digital Technologies and Mediation Toolkit – United Nations Peacemaker

What the UN Security Council Can Do on Coronavirus: A Global Goods Coordination Mechanism – Rob Berschinski, Human Rights First (Just Security)

How coronavirus is accelerating a new approach to international cooperation – Annalisa Prizzon, Overseas Development Institute

7. Role of research and expertise

COVID-19 – the social science response to the pandemic, IDS

Covid-19 – a social phenomenon requiting diverse expertise – Hayley Macgregor, Melissa Leach, Annie Wilkinson, and Melissa Parker, Institute of Development Studies (IDS blog)

Fill the gaps, feel the pain: Insights from Sierra Leone on an epidemic’s impact on local taxation, public services, and the poor – Vanessa van den Boogaard, International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD blog)

8. Afghanistan

Interview with Barnett R. Rubin on the crisis of Afghan war politics, and Covid-19 – TOLOnews

How to keep Coronavirus from hampering the peace process in Afghanistan – Barnett R. Rubin, Responsible Statecraft

The regional dimension of Covid-19’s interaction with war and peace in Afghanistan – Responsible Statecraft

9. Kosovo

COVID-19, Kosovo, ‘What they don’t say counts’

10. Sudan

Can there be a democratic public health? From HIV Aids to Covid-19

11. Yemen

Yemen coronavirus lockdown to hamper relief effort – New Humanitarian