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  1. People Power & the Pandemic


    01 July 2020

    Join the final webinar in the COVID Capitalism series looking at how peoples’ movements can organise in the wake of COVID-19.

  2. TNI Reading List on Coronavirus

    26 March 2020
    Article

    There is no shortage of information on the Coronavirus but not many pieces in the media dig deep into the causes, context and faultlines exposed by COVID-19. These are some of the pieces that TNI staff have found most helpful in understanding this unprecedented moment, and the ways we might respond as movements and actors committed to social and environmental justice.

  3. People Power and the Pandemic - webinar recording

    02 July 2020
    Multi-media

    A great global panel of activists, social movement leaders and thinkers discuss how to make this pandemic a turning point towards system change that we need not just to deliver social justice but increasingly to defend our very survival. This insightful conversation examined what we can learn from previous major global mobilisations, how can we build cross-sectoral and intersectional movements and what strategies and tactics we need to confront entrenched corporate power and authoritarian governments.

  4. Toward a just transition to a democratic new normal in Myanmar: Cross-border migrant workers and the Covid-19 pandemic

    • Transnational Institute (TNI)
    23 October 2020
    Report

    Myanmar cross-border migrant workers overwhelmingly come from and are rooted in rural areas of the country; an estimated 5 million of them working mostly in Thailand, China and Malaysia, and have an estimated combined income remittance of up to US$8 Billion per year.

  5. The Corona pandemic and the Struggle for our Peoples’ Resources and Food Sovereignty

    Omar Aziki
    20 May 2020
    Article

    This is a transcript Omar Aziki's presentation of the North African Network for Food Sovereignty and was a part of our first webinar in Arabic.

  6. COVID-19 measures must ensure Human Rights and build the resilient, sustainable food system we desperately need

    21 April 2020
    Declaration

    Statement to the Extraordinary Meeting of G20 Agriculture Ministers, 21 April 2020:

    As the COVID-19 health emergency unleashes a wider social and economic crisis, we believe that urgent action is indeed needed to safeguard global food security and nutrition. Action, however, cannot be limited to ensuring the flow of food supplies. A broader range of measures are necessary to ensure food security, in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

  7. Taking Health Back from Corporations - Webinar recording

    23 April 2020
    Multi-media

    This webinar brought together experts in healthcare and activists at the forefront of struggles for equitable universal public healthcare from across the globe at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the necessity of a healthcare system driven by people rather than profit.

  8. Time to resolve debt issues in the Global South

    Sara Murawski
    17 April 2020
    Article

    The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the global economy is unprecedented. Whereas much of the attention is currently focused on the US, Europe and China, there are increasingly serious worries about the consequences for Latin America and Africa. The poor and vulnerable, mainly concentrated in the Global South1 and dependent on the huge informal sector, suffer the worst from crises. The Corona-crisis will not be an exception; unless swift, coordinated and unorthodox measures are taken.

  9. Growing back stronger

    • Jan Douwe van der Ploeg
    02 July 2020
    Policy briefing

    The current economic crisis is merely triggered by COVID-19, argues Jan Douwe van der Ploeg. The real causes reside in the specificity of today’s global economic structure and especially in three key features that lie at its core. In this policy brief he discusses these key features with reference to farming and food and presents building blocks for the construction of resilient alternatives to the current crisis.

  10. The Public is Back

    Wouter van de Klippe
    23 September 2020
    Article

    The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the necessity of robust public services for the protection of the vulnerable and the needs of the many. On 20 May 2020, the Transnational Institute, along with Public Services International (PSI), Focus on the Global South, and the Alternative Information and Development Centre (South Africa), brought together four speakers to discuss how to rebuild post crisis to create a more democratic and just economy.

  11. Municipalist cities are key players in the corona crisis and the European Green Deal

    Satoko Kishimoto, Nada Baraka
    23 November 2020
    Article

    The second ‘Municipalize Europe’ conference was held on 5 November online, while two years ago we organised the first edition in the European parliament. In that interval, municipalism, a new political movement, has been growing in Europe and beyond. It is a new way of doing local politics putting social rights and citizen engagements at the center. Municipalize Europe is an attempt to look at European politics through a municipalist lens and to build pressure for change of the top-down European politics.

  12. The impact of COVID-19 is all down to inequality

    Mariano Aguirre
    10 April 2020
    Article

    Coronavirus must change the neoliberal rationale, and rescue the social contract between the welfare state and the market economy that can plan to prevent the crises to come.

  13. Video recording - Webinar on Building an internationalist response to COVID-19

    02 April 2020
    Multi-media

    Recording of a webinar TNI organised on 1 April at 4pm (CET) on the global dimensions of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and how social movements could respond.

  14. Webinar: Building an internationalist response to Coronavirus

    01 April 2020

    TNI is glad to invite you to this free webinar on Wednesday, 1 April at 4pm (CET) with Sonia Shah, author of Pandemic: Tracking contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond (2017) as well as experts on public health systems and activists on the frontlines responding to the crisis in the Global South.
    Update: The recording of the webinar is now available here: https://www.tni.org/en/article/video-recording-webinar-on-building-an-internationalist-response-to-covid-19.

  15. Fieldfarming in Amarapura

    Hitting where it hurts: Impacts of COVID-19 measures on Myanmar poor

    Nwet Kay Khine
    06 July 2020
    Article

    In a country that was ruled by dictatorship for several decades, the local administration units are also no stranger to emergency-like authoritarian measures. Many thought there is no option but detention to deal with the situation. It is easier for the authorities even at the village and ward levels to ensure authoritarian submission if the country is in panic.

  16. Coronavirus: the need for a progressive internationalist response

    26 March 2020
    Article

    This pandemic health crisis exposes the injustices of the global economic order. It must be a turning point towards creating the systems, structures and policies that can always protect those who are marginalised and allow everyone to live with dignity.

  17. Image: Martin Sanchez on Unsplash

    A time to choose

    Allen White
    01 December 2020
    Article

    Since its onset in early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the frailties of global political leadership, preparedness, and governance. To a level unequaled by other disruptive moments in recent decades—the HIV/AIDs and Ebola crises, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the 2008 financial crisis—COVID-19 has shaken the credibility of national and international institutions to manage supranational crises.

  18. Map of scheduled airline traffic around the world, circa June 2009

    Coronavirus and the Death of ‘Connectivity’

    Walden Bello
    23 March 2020
    Article

    The Coronavirus pandemic is the second major crisis of globalization in a decade. We did not learn our lessons from the financial crisis and this is perhaps why the impact of COVID-19 has been even more massive.

  19. Public Water and Covid-19

    22 March 2021
    Book

    Covid-19 has once again demonstrated the significance of safe, accessible and affordable water for all. It has also highlighted enormous disparities in service provision while at the same time dealing a blow to public water and sanitation operators around the world due to massive drops in revenues, rapidly rising costs and concerns about health and safety in the workplace. This book provides the first global overview of the response of public water operators to this crisis, shining a light on the complex challenges they face and how they have responded in different contexts. It looks specifically at ‘public’ water and asks how public ownership and public management have enabled (or not) equitable and democratic emergency services, and how these Covid-19 experiences could contribute to expanded and sustainable forms of public water services in the future.

  20. COVID-19 and border politics

    • Mark Akkerman
    16 July 2020
    Policy briefing

    This briefing takes a look at the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic for refugees and migrants and its anticipated influence on the border security and control market. What are the direct effects on migrants and refugees who are already living in vulnerable situations? What does it mean for people crossing international borders, seeking asylum and transiting the deadly and treacherous migrant routes across regions, continents and seas? And how are they affected by government responses to the outbreak?

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