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Public Action and the Pandemic The Role of Civil Society in Shaping State Responses

This report systematically documents, evaluates, and explains the role that civil society has played in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic through an examination of five separate case studies: Mexico, Kenya, South Africa, India, and the Philippines. Drawing on interviews conducted with key informants from 52 civil society organizations (CSOs), this report details the findings from each country, framed within three broad categories of analysis: 1) Modes of Intervention: CSO Activities during the COVID-19 Pandemic; 2) CSOs and the State: Relationships and Engagement; 3) Response Challenges: Navigating Priorities and Overcoming Barriers. Comparative analysis of the country level findings revealed 10 cross-cutting themes which are organized in this report within these three categories of analysis. Read Full Report >


Public Action and the Pandemic: The Role of Civil Society in Shaping State Responses

June 2022 | CHRHS Report | Authors: Anindita Adhikari, Maria Carrines P. Alejandria, Benjamin Bradlow, Patrick Heller, Adam C. Levine, Maria F. Lopez-Portillo, Salma Mutwafy, Seth Stulen, Ieva Zumbyte

Humanitarian-Military Relations in Complex Emergencies: Evidence, Insights, and Recommendations

May 2022 | CHRHS Report | Maria Carinnes P. Alejandria, Samuel T. Boland, Hank Brightman, Rob Grace, Adam C. Levine, Alexandria J. Nylen, David Polatty, Zein Tayyeb

Humanitarian-Military Relations in Complex Emergencies: Practical Guidance for Policymakers and Humanitarian Planners

May 2022 | CHRHS Policy Guidance 

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Journal Articles

Democracy in the Global South

July 2022 | Annual Review of Sociology | Patrick Heller

Utilisation of peripheral vasopressor medications and extravasation events among critically ill patients in Rwanda

June 2022 | African Journal of Emergency Medicine | Catalina G.Marques, Lucien Mwemerashyaka, Kyle Martin, Oliver Tang, Chantal Uwamahoro, Vincent Ndebwanimana, Doris Uwamahoro, Katelyn Moretti, Vinay Sharma, Sonya Naganathan, Ling Jing, Stephanie C.Garbern, Menelas Nkeshimana, Adam C.LevineAdam R.Aluisio

Russian Foreign Humanitarian Assistance Identifying Trends Using 15 Years of Open-Source Data

April 2022 | Expeditions Journal at Marine Corps University Press | Jonathan Robinson

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Ukraine Points Up the Threat to Education During War

June 14, 2022 | IPS News Opinion | Jerome Marston (CHRHS Global Fellow)

How the Invasion of Ukraine Sounds to Syrians

June 3, 2022 | Newsweek Opinion | Tayseer Alkarim (CHRHS Global Fellow)

Here's a Vice headline for you: 'We took millions to improve the image of a murderous dictator' 

March 18, 2022 | Washington Post Opinion | John Hursh (CHRHS Visiting Scholar)

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