COVID-19 and Conflict Sensitivity

As organizations plan their response to the COVID-19 pandemic in fragile contexts it is essential to use a conflict-sensitive approach. Considering the conflict dynamics will reduce attacks on treatment centers, resistance to health guidelines, and avoid the build-up of new social tension.

In this brief World Vision and Search for Common Ground list three concerns about COVID-19 interventions in conflict contexts:

  1. Interventions may not reach vulnerable groups in societies with high mistrust
  2. The role of children and young people will not be incorporated in responses
  3. Poor COVID-19 interventions can lead to further social divisions

The brief shares a range of recommendations to reduce these risks, to promote peace, and effectively work with authorities in fragile/conflict contexts.

Published 2020-05-06

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