Typical day in low-income communities in the Strand, Western Cape, South Africa.
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The network collectively applied ingenuity to provide essential care and support to vulnerable people.
A volunteer delivers food parcels in Masiphumelele informal settlement in Cape Town, South Africa.
Early in the pandemic, countries had to address several questions as the virus spread and lockdowns became inevitable.
Social solidarity networks have an edge over government: speed, innovation, and local responsiveness.
More effort must go into building synergies between emergent local efforts and the government response.
Abuses by police and the army point to the need for citizens to be involved in security and other crisis response measures
Ramaphosa’s call for a new social compact will fall on deaf ears unless there are some fundamental changes to the way in which the pandemic is being managed.
A member of the South African National Defence Force hands out pamphlets informing township residents about COVID-19 in Johannesburg.
Ubuntu provides a language for people to participate in preventive action, even if this involves practices such as lockdowns.
A woman claps above a banner reading “everything will be all right,” in Rome. This phrase has appeared on social media and at balconies and windows across Italy as the country faces coronavirus.
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The word ‘solidarity’ is echoing around the world in the COVID-19 pandemic. But where does the term come from and what does it really mean?
The Mória refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece.
The health crisis is pushing governments to try to control the movement of people, but migrants continue to arrive in EU reception centres, which are currently experiencing a crisis of tragic proportions.
Iraqi, Iranian and Somali asylum seekers at a tent camp in the Netherlands.
The survival resource of the world’s most vulnerable people – their social networks – may become compromised
The proposed National Health Insurance has raised questions about the government’s ability to manage a complex health system
The South African government is going ahead with the National Health Insurance scheme but has yet to detail how it is to be funded. What seems certain is that taxpayers will foot the bill.