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COVID19/REFUGEES – What we got wrong about COVID-19 and refugees (Jan Egeland, Al Jazeera)

The coronavirus has not yet decimated refugee camps or killed displaced people in significant numbers, as I and many others feared in March. https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2020/12/18/what-we-got-wrong-about-covid-19-and-refugees

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ASEAN/SOUTHEAST ASIA/COVID19/ECONOMIC RECOVERY – ASEAN’s perspective on economic recovery (Kaewkamol Pitakdumrongkit, Brookings)

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SOUTHEAST ASIA/PANDEMIC/HUMAN RIGHTS – How COVID-19 infected human rights protection (Champa Patel, East Asia Forum)

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MOROCCO/COVID19 – Policy and institutional responses to COVID-19 in the Middle East and North Africa: Morocco (Yasmina Abouzzohour, Brookings)

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COVID19/GLOBAL TRADE/CHEMICALS – Why the global trade of chemicals is key to COVID-19 recovery (Fernando J. Gómez, Tobias Radel, WEF)

Chemical and materials are at the heart of responses to global shocks like the current pandemic. Their global availability must be secured for effective response, fast recovery and lasting resilience building. A functional trade system, increased cooperation across sectors, and greater business flexibility are essential to resilience. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/12/global-chemicals-trade-value-chains-covid19/

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COVID19/VACCINATION/PRIVATE INVESTORS – Business has a big role to play in vaccinating the world (Ravi Kumar S., WEF)

The mass vaccination programmes launching around the world face a host of challenges that businesses can help to overcome. Large employers can help to build trust in the vaccine and encourage uptake. COVID-safe precautions in workplaces will remain vital in slowing its spread in the meantime. Employment records can be a rich source of data […]

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DEVELOPING COUNTRIES/COVID19 – COVID-19’s legacy of debt and debt service in developing countries (Homi Kharas and Meagan Dooley, Brookings)

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LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION/GENDER GAP/COVID19 – COVID-19 widens gender gap in labor force participation in some but not other advanced economies (Simeon Djankov and Eva (Yiwen) Zhang, PIIE)

Despite some progress over recent decades in reducing the barriers women in the workforce face in job advancement and wage parity, discrimination in these areas persists. In fact, the gender gap in labor force participation between men and women in the United States has worsened as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID plague […]

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CONFLICT ZONES/COVIS19 – Conflict zones and COVID-19’s impact on sexual and gender-based violence reporting (Griffith Asia Institute)

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COVID19/INEQUALITIES – COVID-19 exposes need for radical policies to tackle inequality (Ben Phillips, Al Jazeera)

In the run-up to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris taking office on January 20, a key debate raging now is about what kind of change they will usher in. Some say it is clear from those two leaders’ biographies that they herald the bold transformations needed to tackle the inequalities that scar society. https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2020/12/13/covid-19-has-exposed-the-need-for-radical-policies-to-tackle-ineq

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PHILOSOPHY/COVID19 – How have philosophers responded to the pandemic? (Santiago Zabala, Al Jazeera)

In her message to mark World Philosophy Day 2020, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay underlined the exceptional nature of this year’s celebration. https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2020/12/13/how-have-philosophers-responded-to-the-pandemic

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COVID19/VACCINE – Why prudent people might avoid vaccinations (Leonard Goebel, Thomas Mayrhofer, Hendrik Schmitz, VOXEU)

Many people tend to avoid the worst outcome when making decisions – a concept known as ‘prudence’. This column presents results from an experimental setting which relate risk attitudes to willingness to get vaccinated. It shows that more prudent individuals are less likely to take a vaccine. Moreover, this effect is stronger in risk groups, […]