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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. ‘Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste’

    • Walden Bello
    29 April 2020
    Paper

    The Covid-19 pandemic has provoked widespread discussion of what kind of future the world should look forward to after the crisis. One of the areas of economic life around which there is spirited debate is the global food system. This paper focuses on how the pandemic has exposed the fragility of the corporate-dominated global food supply system and shown that it is not, as the Food and Agriculture Organization and its allied agencies see it, part of the solution.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Taking on the Tech Titans: Reclaiming our data commons - webinar recording

    11 June 2020
    Multi-media

    Big Tech has emerged as one of the bigger winners of the global pandemic. A global panel of activists and researchers gathered to analyse the nature and source of Big Tech's power and how communities, movements and cities might reclaim ownership and control of our data.

  12. 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.

  13. The Pandemic Pivot

    • John Feffer
    26 October 2020
    Book

    This report from the Institute for Policy Studies, The Transnational Institute, and Focus on the Global South brings together experts from the frontlines of global policy to tackle the implications of Covid-19.

  14. 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.

  15. Feminist realities -Transforming Democracy in Times of Crisis. 4pm CET, 27 May

    Feminist Realities: Transforming Democracy in Times of Crisis

    27 May 2020

    Join a conversation with an inspiring global panel of feminist thinkers and activists to reflect and discuss how we can collectively reorganise, shift power and pivot towards building transformative feminist realities that can get us out of the worsening health, climate and capitalist crises.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. The economic dimension of the pandemic

    Daniel Díaz-Fuentes
    27 May 2020
    Article

    Although no crisis can be reduced exclusively to an economic or financial dimension or causation, this particular one derives from the pandemic spread of virus with devastating human and social effects. If we want to learn something from this world crisis, we need to try to understand it taking into consideration various simultaneous perspectives (health, social, humanitarian and environmental, among others), with a long-term historical outlook (to better help us to find a way out and avoid its recurrence) and a global viewpoint.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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