This report explores evidence on the contributions of community engagement in effective pandemic response and recovery efforts. It begins with a brief overview of decolonial perspectives on the Covid-19 pandemic to situate participation in the wider context and history of humanitarian and development theory and practice. This is followed by a brief summary of evidence on the role of participation in humanitarian activities and situates the now ubiquitous concept of ‘Building Back Better’ (BBB) inthe discussion of participatory crisis response and recovery. The remaining sections of the report introduce participatory approaches that have been applied through the Covid-19 pandemic: decentralised decision-making, technological adaptations to engage local communities, and Southern-led research and participatory research methods.
Local Knowledge and Participation in the Covid-19 Response
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It is likely that the next pandemic will come within a decade; therefore, pandemic preparedness is of vital importance. This rapid literature review aims to provide initial insights into emerging […]
Preparing for the next pandemic: lessons from Zimbabwe
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Social protection and different forms of social assistance
The Covid-19 pandemic led to widespread disruption of livelihoods and loss of income, and exposed and reinforced existing inequalities. In response, almost all countries implemented some form of social protection, […]