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FEATURE: Voices from the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing more than health impacts. It is also causing social and economic impacts – across diverse communities in developing countries of Asia and the Pacific, Africa and Latin America. However, these dynamics are neither well reported nor well understood.

What is more, COVID-19 is reaching communities that are already dealing with multiple shocks and stresses from other causes. Low-income communities in developing countries face poverty and also other public health crises (e.g. linked to insecure housing, unsafe water and lack of sanitation) and both the slow- and rapid-onset impacts of climate change.
In response, communities are self-organising to cope with COVID-19, as well as these other intersecting risks; and often with delayed or limited government assistance.

CDKN and the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) in Dhaka, Bangladesh are reaching out through networks of civil society organisations and local groups to commission interviews with community pioneers at the frontlines of devising localised solutions to COVID-19.

The result is the interview series, ‘Voices from the frontline of COVID-19’ which ICCCAD and CDKN have been publishing weekly, since early June 2020.

These stories aim to document learning from community practices, and to disseminate the learning widely, to foster more effective responses to future crises, and greater resilience.
The ‘Voices from the Frontline’ stories, to date, are:

If you would like to contribute your community’s story, please reach out to us at:
VFL@icccad.net

For more information about the project’s aims and to browse emerging headlines, please see the short presentation below from series editor Ms Maheen Khan of ICCCAD:

 

Image: Dhaka Bangladesh, IFPRI Images

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