Update on Peace Operations and COVID-19

170 signatories endorse UN ceasefire appeal during COVID crisis (24.06.2020)

UN Member States, Observers and others, sent a strong political message this week, with the announcement that 170 signatories have now endorsed the UN’s call to silence the guns, and stand united against the global threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative, prompted by Malaysia, shows that a...

What happened to the nexus approach in the COVID-19 response? (19.06.2020)

Many aspects of life have changed swiftly from before, and since the early days of, the coronavirus pandemic. Within the international aid system, the nexus approach was flavor-of-the-month at the outset of COVID-19 lockdowns. … Fast forward though and the nexus approach has been almost absent in...

What next for UN peace operations? (12.06.2020)

With a global recession looming due to COVID-19, the large blue-helmet UN missions will be harder to sustain, both financially and politically. So the UN is learning to “think small”.

Peacekeeping in the shadow of Covid-19 era (12.06.2020)

COVID-19 has had an immediate impact on UN peace operations. Troop rotations have been frozen, and interactions with local populations minimized. Yet the long-term economic and political consequences for peacekeeping look more severe.

From bad to worse? The impact(s) of Covid-19 on conflict dynamics (11.06.2020)

[…] The Brief is structured as follows: the main text analyses the emerging trends catalysed by the pandemic crisis in conflict-affected contexts, while the case study boxes discuss the unfolding processes in specific countries. The last section discusses the policy options for preventing further...

The Global Humanitarian Response Plan for COVID-19 is massively underfunded (09.06.2020)

An updated funding appeal for the UN’s Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP) for COVID-19 puts the scale of need in stark terms — and, so far, only $1.18 billion of the $6.7 billion request has been recorded.

How COVID is affecting elections in Africa (03.06.2020)

The novel coronavirus has complicated the election-year calendar for Africa, as elsewhere, prompting some polling delays, suspensions and uncertainties. It also has created openings for leaders to exploit fears and tighten their grips on power, political observers say.