CDAC webinar on the COVID-19 response: The Rest and the West

Source: Thu, 3 Dec 2020 12:00 AM
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The Rest and the West: How Western governments can get back in touch with their own citizens in the COVID-19 response by applying the same humanitarian principles they require others to adopt - a CDAC webinar recorded on 3 December 2020.

COVID-19 has shown that even countries with strong economies and well-established health and social protection networks struggled to cope with the pandemic. Their efforts to mitigate the effects of the virus were often hampered by the struggle to communicate the continually changing pandemic measures being put in place. With the impending need to start a global COVID-19 vaccination campaign just as further waves of coronavirus are rising again around the world, what can we learn from other health emergencies and humanitarian crises to deal with this one?

This webinar is based on the findings of the recently-published CDAC research paper Improving the Response to Covid-19: Lessons from the Humanitarian Sector Around Communication, Community Engagement And Participation. It gathered together an international panel of experts to interrogate the response of Western governments and looked at how best practice in communication, community engagement and accountability – long used in humanitarian response – could be applied.

Panellists were as follows:
- Sangita Myska Presenter of the solutions journalism series Positive Thinking on BBC Radio Four – moderator
- Dr Gaya Gamhewage Head of Learning and Capacity Development, WHO
- Dylan Winder Counsellor and Team Leader Humanitarian, Protracted Crises and Migration, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, UK Mission to the UN, Geneva
- Nkirote Laiboni Management Consultant, FilmAid
- Philip Tamminga Independent Consultant and author of CDAC’s research paper

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