Beyond the health crisis: Covid-19's impact on human development

Almost two years after the COVID-19 outbreak, the pandemic is far from over, and its repercussions might last for months and years to come. Photo: Transformer18 / Flickr.

Of: Ivette Nogués

After surpassing the threshold of 50% of the world population who have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, some may feel like we are finally putting the pandemic behind us. However, many experts warn that the crisis is far from over - and that its long-term consequences are still very difficult to estimate.

December 19, 2021, Chronicle, English, Magazine

Omikron, travel ban and uncertainty around Christmas

FUF correspondent Sofia Karlsson is unsure whether she will celebrate Christmas in Sweden or in Zambia, where she now lives for a volunteer position at the UN. Photo: Sofia Karlsson.

I wake up to the buzzing of the air conditioning and to a notice of new travel restrictions. A new covid variant called omicron has been discovered in South Africa. Many countries are now closing their borders to travelers from this region. Zambia, where I currently live and work as a volunteer at the UN, is also covered by these new restrictions.

December 15, 2021, FUF-correspondents, Chronicle

UK travel policy may impact African vaccinations

To defeat this pandemic we need to have fully vaccinated at least 40 percent of the population in all countries before 2022, according to the WHO. Photo: Daniel Schludi / Unsplash.

Of: Hibo Yusuf Ahmed

The United Kingdom's former travel policy provoked outrage as it discriminated recipients of the Covax initiative - a global operation to ensure equitable access to the vaccine. The rules came as a shock and received global criticism. In the delicate political climate of the pandemic the policy could potentially be damaging in the global fight against Covid-19.

November 2, 2021, Article, Magazine

The Global Vaccine Distribution: Upholding the Inequality Among the World's Rich and Poor

Date and time: May 25, 19:00

To join us on this evening please sign up for the event using this simple signup link »The pandemic has struck the world in several different ways. Now, later than a year after the first confirmed cases of the COVID-19, the different vaccines developed by the health industry are being distributed worldwide. According to the […]

May 17, 2021, English, Calendar, Seminars

Oppression - with the pandemic as an excuse

Date and time: 6 May, 18:00 - 19:00

Register here »How has the pandemic been handled in non-democratic and authoritarian countries? Democracy has in many ways been put to the test during the pandemic. Over the past year due to COVID-19, social, political and economic inequalities have been highlighted around the world and the survival of democracy in some countries has been called into […]

April 27, 2021, English, Calendar, Seminars, Webcast

Vaccine and global injustices - An armchair talk about the distribution of the vaccine against Covid-19

Date and time: 30 Mar, 18:00 - 19:00

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has written together with other world leaders that "none of us is safe until everyone is safe" and has demanded that the Covid-19 vaccine should not be distributed based on countries' ability to pay but rather on public health needs. At the same time, Sweden and other rich countries have pushed ahead of the global vaccination queue when they bought up a large […]

March 22, 2021, Calendar, Seminars, Webcast

Indian civil society organizations face digital challenges during the pandemic

Kunal Anerao stands in a circle of students from Parsharam Wadi School, a school outside the town of Devrukh in the Indian countryside. Photo: Frida Viklund Rundgren

Of: Frida Viklund Rundgren

Covid-19 poses new challenges for the Indian environmental organization Srushtidnyan, whose school project has been allowed to continue online. Environmental work with farmers has stopped, but the organization hopes for an increased interest in organic farming methods when migrant workers return to their home villages to invest in agriculture. Positive changes can also be seen when the government has opened up for increased cooperation with civil society organizations in vulnerable areas.

February 11, 2021, Interview

Increased support for food production is vital

Jamia Salimo: It's expensive to be poor. People in poor countries are forced to spend most of their income on food, and yet it is not enough. Farmer Jamia Salimo in Mozambique has just bought soap, salt and cooking oil. Photo: Edson Artur.

Of: Anna Tibblin and Eva Åberg

More people are at risk of starvation than of Covid-19 globally. The world is facing the worst hunger crisis in 50 years - at the same time, only 2,6 percent of Swedish aid goes to agriculture in poor countries. In order to avoid a hunger pandemic, and in general to succeed in achieving the UN's sustainability goal of eradicating world hunger, we must increase our agricultural aid and support for sustainable food production.

January 29, 2021, Debate

We are not in the same boat - feminist organization during the pandemic

Many IKFF sections have reshuffled their political work during the pandemic to help stop the spread of infection in their countries. IKFF DR Congo has sewn up mouth guards that they hand out.

Of: Tove Ivergård

New year new tag! 2020 was the year that no one had been able to imagine in advance would change as much as we had previously taken for granted; to go to work or school, hang out with friends or hug a grandmother. The year has been interspersed with hope, disappointment and many times even hopelessness. The definition of a pandemic is an epidemic […]

January 25, 2021, Chronicle

What role should the UN play in the prevailing worldview?

Date and time: 12 Oct, 13:00 - 14:00

How will the countries of the world be able to cope with the ongoing pandemic and at the same time avert other future or current threats such as climate crisis, food shortages, new pandemics and nationalist currents? In these matters, the UN is under strong pressure, but is also seen as part of the hope for the future by many. What role should the UN have in the work of rebuilding our societies after the pandemic? And which will Sweden's […]

September 7, 2020, Calendar, Seminars, Webcast