Areas of Engagement


The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed to the world the central role of health in national and international policymaking. It has also cleared the ground from persisting market-driven ideologies in the way health is promoted and managed, consistently affirming one important and well-known reality, common to all nations on the planet: health is a governments’ strategic task that must be pursued in the public interest with responsibility and respect for its implications on society. Health and healthcare cannot be provided resorting to an extractive logic.

The Spotlight Report 2020 unpacks various features and amplifiers of the COVID-19 emergency and its inter-linkages with other crises. The report points out that even before COVID-19, many countries – especially in the global South - were in an economic crisis, characterized by contractionary fiscal policy, growing debt and austerity measures that made these countries more vulnerable to future crises. They are results of a dysfunctional system that puts corporate profit above the rights and well-being of people and planet. 

In Recipe for disaster: The IMF and World Bank's role in the financialisation of food and agriculture, written for the Bretton Woods Project Spring Observer 2020, SID's policy researcher, Flora Sonkin, discusses how the process of financialisation has profoundly affecter food systems in recent decades, as financial actors and markets

630 civil society groups sound alarm over wave of Covid-19 claims in 'corporate courts'

Groups in more than 90 countries warn ISDS system could be used to claim billions from governments over pandemic protections

The common goods' point of view seems to be a particularly useful and profitable one for understanding the crisis of the pandemic, both on the health and on the economic and social aspect. It would also, and above all, enable the definition of the answers to get out of this crisis, identifying the forms of a new economic and social model.

Feminist organizations and activists have been very dynamic reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic and providing their own analysis through gender and intersectional perspectives, as well as shedding light on the inequalities impacting women and LGBTQA+ people during the on-going health crisis. 

As the health crisis ask extraordinary measures from States and international institutions, the financial response to the Covid-19 pandemic will also require exceptional measures to mitigate the impacts of the shutdown of our economies. While the pandemic crisis and the series of responses taken exacerbate the already existing inequalities within countries, affecting disproportionately the most marginalized by the system, the post-Covid economic recovery must not be climate-blind.

A webinar series ‘Global Pandemics in an Unequal World’ seeks to ask what is needed at local, national, and global level to combat inequalities and promote a more egalitarian and sustainable pandemic response. Nicoletta Dentico will be presenting in tomorrow’s online livestream “COVID-19 and Global Inequality”.

April 23, 2020

Open science, ramped-up manufacturing, fair pricing and sharing of technology, among other actions, are urgently needed to reduce loss of life during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, 254 groups including Public Citizen said today. The groups released a list of principles calling for action from governments, international agencies, manufacturers, donors and development partners.