In World Politics Review, The g7+ Deputy General Secretary Habib Mayar and CIC's Céline Monnier examine the risks the COVID-19 pandemic poses to fragile and conflict-affected countries, and explain six key steps to prevent a #COVID19 backlash in fragile & conflict-affected countries. "Use the response to the crisis to strengthen, not weaken, the social contract. There are many risk factors for violence in conflict-affected states, and they are often context-specific. The coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity to address them, especially when it comes to building trust in institutions, decreasing inequalities, and fostering social cohesion.
It is possible to use the response to this pandemic to advance both public health and peace if it is done right.
Governments and donors in conflict-affected countries should identify opportunities to strengthen and build trust in institutions—for instance, by improving the effectiveness and inclusivity of the health system. Beyond the immediate benefits for public health, these measures will also improve public perceptions of the state as a care provider, thereby strengthening the social contract and contributing to the prevention of conflict." Read the full article at World Politics Review here. Editor’s Note: WPR has made this article, as well as a selection of others from our COVID-19 coverage that we consider to be in the public interest, freely available for an initial two-week period.