PSRP and COVID-19

PSRP has been monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak closely. As part of the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Law School and lead of a global consortium of partners, we are liaising closely with the University and DFID, following government guidance to limit risk to our team and stakeholders.

The University of Edinburgh has developed a set of online resources for staff and students. These pages are updated regularly with the University’s response. Key policies will be reflected here in due course.

As a programme, our response so far includes the following:

  1. We are following the University of Edinburgh protocol to enable home working for the entire team, while staying in touch virtually.
  2. We have cancelled all events and are investigating the possibility of holding future events virtually.
  3. We are staying in contact with consortium partners and will meet virtually to agree programme adjustments as necessary.
  4. We are factoring in COVID-19 issues to the plan we are preparing for the coming year, on the assumption that all has to go virtual.
  5. All of our research outputs, including our publications, infographics, resources, and peace agreement data are still available online. We are investigating what other digital resources we can develop to continue to support those working on peacebuilding and conflict resolution.

Our commitment to supporting communities experiencing violent conflict remains unchanged, and we will continue to work on our research, data, and resources for supporting peacebuilding.

We have set up a COVID-19 Resource Hub with tools, trackers, blogs, and analysis on the pandemic from the perspective of conflict-affected areas. Updated regularly with resources related to peace and conflict, ceasefires, gender, development, elections, and human rights.

We are keen to hear from those living and working in conflict-affected states that are experiencing outbreaks of Covid-19. Email us at politicalsettlements@ed.ac.uk or tweet @PolSettlements.

For further reading:

PSRP Programme Director, Christine Bell, writes about designing the most effective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in impoverished, conflict-affected regions in a new blog for Just Security.