This piece is a call for intimacy and to centre all of our work in a “politics of trust, empathy, love and care.” We know those emotions to be real, human, and to matter. Accepting that charges us with this: reconceiving how we address inequity and inequality (which remain the core mission of the problematic global institutions that we both still….love) through trust, and care, and love. How can we weave these ideas into everything that international institutions do? How do we get all the staff, workers, and seemingly inanimate ‘programmes’ to let our messy, warm humanity be the focus of our work, rather than the technocratically convenient, and theoretically bloodless numerical success of ‘ending poverty’?
In our dreams for a post-COVID world, what should we demand of our international relations and international public good institutions? What does it mean to de-colonise and transform development and humanitarian enterprise so that it is anti-racist within and without? We want to offer some thoughts.
There is a communications challenge around COVID-19. Messages about what we know, and what we should do, are not clearly shared and reproduced. We propose that WHO should immediately set up an Independent Panel on COVID-19, Uncertainty, Science and Policy (CUSP – everything needs a good acronym), and its main job would be to talk to publics.
There’s a lot of wartime imagery and metaphor around. The battle against COVID-19. The war against the pandemic. The fight of our lifetimes. But we’ve got the metaphor wrong.
How do you make good decisions when you’re playing whack-a-mole? Here are four recommendations for governments to improve their decision-making.
Please: don’t hold a hackathon. Don’t put a map online showing where people are who need help or offer help. Don’t share people’s data without their consent and understanding.
There is not enough attention being paid to the basic questions: what can the world do to ensure that we don’t miss planting season and spread a global food crisis on top of COVID-19?
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