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COVID-19 in the Global South

Impacts and Responses

Edited by Pádraig Carmody, Gerard McCann, Clodagh Colleran and Ciara O’Halloran


15 Oct 2020

Page count

160 pages




198 x 129 mm


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    Page count

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    Bristol University Press
    COVID-19 in the Global South

    Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC-ND licence.

    Bringing together a range of experts across various sectors, this important volume explores some of the key issues that have arisen in the Global South with the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Situating the worldwide health crisis within broader processes of globalisation, the book investigates implications for development and gender, as well as the effects on migration, climate change and economic inequality. Contributors consider how widespread and long-lasting responses to the pandemic should be, while paying particular attention to the accentuated risks faced by vulnerable populations. Providing answers that will be essential to development practitioners and policy makers, the book offers vital insights into how the impact of COVID-19 can be mitigated in some of the most challenging socio-economic contexts worldwide.

    Pádraig Carmody is Professor in Geography at Trinity College Dublin and a Senior Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg. He is currently Chair of the Development Studies Association of Ireland (DSAI).

    Gerard McCann is Senior Lecturer in International Studies and Head of International Programmes at St Mary's University College, a college of Queens University Belfast. He is also Co-Convenor of the Education Study Group of the Development Studies Association of Ireland (DSAI).

    Clodagh Colleran is Administrative Co-ordinator at Development Studies Association of Ireland (DSAI). She holds an MA in Community Development from the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and Wageningen University, the Netherlands and a BA in English, Sociology & Politics from NUIG and KU Leuven, Belgium.

    Ciara O’Halloran is Communications Officer at Development Studies Association of Ireland (DSAI) and also works on communications for Civic and Community Engagement at University College Cork. She holds an MA in Digital Humanities from University College Cork and a BA in Anthropology and Sociology from National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

    Introduction ~ Pádraig Carmody and Gerard McCann

    Part One: Perspectives on the Pandemic

    Pandemic ignorance and the ‘worlds’ of development ~ Su-Ming Khoo

    Climate change and Coronavirus A Confluence of Crises ~ David Selby and Fumiyo Kagawa

    Covid-19: Social Policy, Global Development and International Human Rights ~ Feilim O'hAdhmaill

    Development Education, COVID-19 and Neoliberalism ~ Stephen McCloskey

    COVID-19 mitigation and global inequality ~ Gerard McCann and Chrispin Matenga

    Part Two: Social and Economic Impacts

    Prisons in a pandemic: the Malawi experience ~ Kate Gauld

    The challenge of COVID-19 in informal urban settlements and the need for co-produced local responses ~ Annie Wilkinson

    Policy Milieu for Combating COVID-19 and Sustainability of African Economies ~ Olawale Emmanuel Olayide

    Africa and the economic pathologies of the Coronavirus pandemic ~ Howard Stein

    Ride-hailing drivers left alone at the wheel: Reflections from South Africa and Kenya.~ Amir Anwar

    COVID in Latin America: uneven responses, uneven results, shared future challenges ~ Barry Cannon

    Part Three: Responses

    Getting the global response right: Addressing the needs of survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) during COVID19 ~ Brianna Guidorzi

    Psychosocial implications and programming responses against Covid-19 in Africa ~ Patrick Onyango and Angela Veale

    COVID-19 and the lessons from Italy for Africa ~ Giovanni Farese

    COVID 19 LOCKDOWNS in Africa: their Effects and challenges ~ Nazarius Mbona Tumwesigye, Glorious Atukunda, Claire Biribawa and Jackline Mosinya

    The Health Impact Fund: learning from COVID-19 ~ Felicitas Holzer and Thomas Pogge

    After the immediate coronavirus crisis: three scenarios for global development ~ David Hulme and Rory Horner

    Conclusion ~ Gerard McCann and Pádraig Carmody