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The Introduction to this book aims to contribute to social science and humanities research by investigating key issues and emerging concerns pertinent to the effects of COVID-19 on the Global South. The book is transdisciplinary and draws on perspectives from health, economics, geography, development practice, political science and other academic specialisms on themes relevant to international development, public and social policy. The Introduction highlights the need for this text at this point in time and notes that this is a vital dialogue on an important topic. The scale of the pandemic and the resultant socioeconomic scarring across the Global South needs to be examined from different perspectives to give those acting in the field a better, critical knowledge base to help mitigate its consequences in highly vulnerable regions. The central need for the book is to provide a specialist discourse from a generic international development studies perspective on how the impact of COVID-19 and its variants can be mitigated in some of the most challenging socioeconomic contexts on earth.

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This collection reflects on key issues that have arisen globally going into a third year of the COVID-19 pandemic and explores their implications for international development. The emerging disparities and disparate responses on global and national scales mean that the implications of this pandemic will affect regions and societies in radically different ways. What has emerged to date has been further crises of disconnection and a pervasive health provision crisis that has exacerbated socioeconomic inequalities and uneven development globally. Contributors focus on development implications, medical impacts, gender (in)equality dimensions, human rights breaches and the effects on migration, climate change and economic inequality, among other issues. Particular attention is paid to the accentuated risks faced by vulnerable populations and the differing impacts of policy interventions and governmental adaptation to the necessity of public protection.

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This collection reflects on key issues that have arisen globally going into a third year of the COVID-19 pandemic and explores their implications for international development. The emerging disparities and disparate responses on global and national scales mean that the implications of this pandemic will affect regions and societies in radically different ways. What has emerged to date has been further crises of disconnection and a pervasive health provision crisis that has exacerbated socioeconomic inequalities and uneven development globally. Contributors focus on development implications, medical impacts, gender (in)equality dimensions, human rights breaches and the effects on migration, climate change and economic inequality, among other issues. Particular attention is paid to the accentuated risks faced by vulnerable populations and the differing impacts of policy interventions and governmental adaptation to the necessity of public protection.

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This collection reflects on key issues that have arisen globally going into a third year of the COVID-19 pandemic and explores their implications for international development. The emerging disparities and disparate responses on global and national scales mean that the implications of this pandemic will affect regions and societies in radically different ways. What has emerged to date has been further crises of disconnection and a pervasive health provision crisis that has exacerbated socioeconomic inequalities and uneven development globally. Contributors focus on development implications, medical impacts, gender (in)equality dimensions, human rights breaches and the effects on migration, climate change and economic inequality, among other issues. Particular attention is paid to the accentuated risks faced by vulnerable populations and the differing impacts of policy interventions and governmental adaptation to the necessity of public protection.

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Though a globally shared experience, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected societies across the world in radically different ways. This book examines the unique implications of the pandemic in the Global South.

With international contributors from a variety of disciplines including health, economics and geography, the book investigates the pandemic’s effects on development, medicine, gender (in)equality and human rights among other issues. Its analysis illuminates further subsequent crises of interconnection, a pervasive health provision crisis and a resulting rise in socio-economic inequality.

The book’s assessment offers an urgent discourse on the ways in which the impact of COVID-19 can be mitigated in some of the most challenging socio-economic contexts in the world.

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COVID-19 poses specific challenges for people living in more remote or relatively inaccessible pockets of rural and urban settlements. This chapter focuses on how the People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC), a nongovernmental organization in Odisha, India, initiated interim relief measures for families of migrant labourers, daily wage labourers, landless, child labourers, disabled, widowed and other vulnerable families in Odisha whose lives were severely affected by the pandemic. It examines and highlights success stories from the field where PECUC has laid down a substantial COVID-19 programming handprint. For over three decades, PECUC has been engaged with children’s rights, education, health, livelihoods, environment protection, women’s empowerment, care of the aged, youth empowerment and disaster management. Having built a presence in these regions, PECUC has been able to work with communities to support alternative livelihoods during the pandemic. More importantly, this chapter shows the importance of working at all levels with all sections of vulnerable communities such as children, youth, disabled and women specifically to create sustainable futures, and to be able to cope with the ongoing pandemic. It brings into focus values of empathy, respect and sharing, which are at the forefront of coping mechanisms.

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