COVID Capitalism Webinar Series
08 April 2020

Since 1 April, TNI with allies has brought together experts and activists weekly to discuss how this pandemic health crisis exposes the injustices of the global economic order and how 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. Every Wednesday at 4pm CET.

TNI works closely with allied organisations and partners around the world in organising these webinars. AIDC and Focus on the Global South are co-sponsors for the full series.

On 3 June, TNI will hold a webinar on COVID-19 and the global fight against mass incarcerationRegister here.

COVID-19 and the global fight against mass incarceration
COVID-19 and the global fight against mass incarceration

Upcoming webinars - Wednesdays at 4pm CET

  • 10 June: Taking on the Tech Titans: Reclaiming our Data commons (with Just Net Coalition). > Register here
  • 17 June: Borders and migration
  • 24 June: Broken Trade System

Recordings of past webinars

Missed our recent webinars? Don't worry, we recorded them so you can catch up. Watch below.


8. Feminist Realities – Transforming democracy in times of crisis


  • Tithi Bhattacharya, Associate Professor of History and the Director of Global Studies at Purdue University and co-author of the manifesto Feminism for the 99%.
  • Laura Roth, Lecturer of legal and political philosophy at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, member of Minim Municipalist Observatory and co-author of the practice-oriented report Feminise Politics Now!
  • Awino Okech, Lecturer at the Centre for Gender Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London who brings over twelve years of social justice transformation work in Eastern Africa, the Great Lakes region, and South Africa to her teaching, research and movement support work.
  • Khara Jabola-Carolus, Executive Director of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, co-founder of AF3IRM Hawaii (the Association of Feminists Fighting Fascism, Imperialism, Re-feudalization, and Marginalization) and author of Hawaii's Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for COVID-19.
  • Felogene Anumo, Building Feminist Economies, AWID presenting the #feministbailout campaign


7. May 20: Public is Back - Proposals for a democratic just economy


  • Philip Alston, outgoing UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
  • Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary of the global union federation Public Services International (PSI)
  • Aderonke Ige, Our Water, Our Rights Campaign in Lagos / Environmental Rights Action /Friends of The Earth Nigeria
  • Sulakshana Nandi, Co-chair, People's Health Movement Global (PHM Global)


6. May 13: A Global Green New Deal


  • Richard Kozul-Wright, Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, author of Transforming Economies: Making Industrial Policy Work for Growth, Jobs and Development
  • Karin Nansen, chair of Friends of the Earth International, founding member of REDES – Friends of the Earth Uruguay
  • Sandra van Niekerk, Researcher for the One Million Climate Jobs campaign, South Africa

David Adler briefly joined the discussion to introduce Progressive International, replacing Asad Rehman of War on Want - a coorganiser of the Global Green New Deal campaign.


5. April 29: States of Control – the dark side of pandemic politics


  • Fionnuala Ni Aolain, UN Special Rapporteur on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights while Countering Terrorism, University of Minnesota
  • Arun Kundnani, New York University, author of The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, extremism, and the domestic War on Terror and The End of Tolerance: racism in 21st century Britain
  • Anuradha Chenoy, School of International Studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University (retired), and author of Militarisation and Women in South Asia
  • María Paz Canales, Derechos Digitales (Digital Rights campaign), Chile


4. April 22: Taking Health back from Corporations: pandemics, big pharma and privatized health


  • Susan George, Author and President of the Transnational Institute
  • Baba Aye, Health Officer, Public Services International
  • Mark Heywood, Treatment Action Campaign, Section27 and editor at the Daily Maverick
  • Kajal Bhardwaj, Independent lawyer and expert on health, trade and human rights
  • David Legge, Peoples Health Movement Moderator: Monica Vargas, Corporate Power Project, Transnational Institute


3. April 15: A Recipe for Disaster: Globalised food systems, structural inequality and COVID-19


  • Rob Wallace author of Big Farms Make Big Flu and co-author of Neoliberal Ebola: Modeling Disease Emergence from Finance to Forest and Farm.
  • Moayyad Bsharat of Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), member organization of La Via Campesina in Palestine.
  • Arie Kurniawaty of Indonesian feminist organization Solidaritas Perempuan (SP) which works with women in grassroots communities across the urban-rural spectrum.
  • Sai Sam Kham of Metta Foundation in Myanmar.
  • Paula Gioia, peasant farmer in Germany and member of the Coordination Committee of the European Coordination Via Campesina.


2. April 8: The coming global recession: building an internationalist response

Read a summary of this webinar here


  • Professor Jayati Ghosh, award-winning economist Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Author of India and the International Economy (2015) and co-editor of Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development, 2018.
  • Quinn Slobodian, associate professor of history, Wellesley College. Author of Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism (2018)
  • Walden Bello, author of Paper Dragons: China and the Next Crash (2019) and Capitalism’s Last Stand?: Deglobalization in the Age of Austerity (2013)

  • Lebohang Liepollo Pheko, Senior Research Fellow  of Trade Collective, a thinktank in South Africa that works on international trade,  globalisation, regional integration and feminist economics


1. April 1: Building an internationalist response to Coronavirus


  • Sonia Shah, award-winning investigative science journalist and author of Pandemic: Tracking contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond (2017).
  • Luis Ortiz Hernandez, public health professor in UAM-Xochimilco, Mexico. Expert on social and economic health inequities.
  • Benny Kuruvilla, Head of India Office, Focus on the Global South, working closely with Forum For Trade Justice.
  • Mazibuko Jara, Deputy Director, Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education, helping to coordinate a national platform of civic organisations in South Africa to confront COVID-19.
  • Umyra Ahmad, Advancing Universal Rights and Justice Associate, Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID), Malaysia


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