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Conversatorio y lanzamiento del libro

Diágolos sobre Desarollo Humano en tiempos de Covid-19 en América Latina:
hacia una nueva agenda de investigación, políticas y responsabilidad socia

El Instituto de Desarrollo Humano de América Latina – IDHAL PUCP en colaboración con la Dirección Académica de Responsabilidad Social – DARS PUCP tiene el agrado de invitarlos al conversatorio y lanzamiento del open access eBook "Diálogos sobre Desarrollo Humano en tiempos de Covid-19 en América Latina". 

Lunes 5 de Octubre, 15:00-17:00 (UTC-5)

Asistencia libre, previa inscripción: Inscríbete aquí 

ONLINE | Launch of CDP Paper – National Reports on the 2030 Agenda: What do they (not) reveal?

Monday, July 13th, 2020
8:00 - 9:00 am EDT

Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, member states and civil society have reported on the progress made in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

In National Reports on the 2030 Agenda: What do they (not) reveal?, Roberto Bissio from Social Watch International, Barbara Adams from Global Policy Forum, and Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs at The New School and Vice-Chair of the Committee for Development Policy, will discuss lessons of the VNR process to date including national reporting on the 2030 Agenda, both by governments and civil society. The event will present the key findings of an overview content analysis of 2019 Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) by the Committee for Development Policy (CDP).

Webinar: Launch of the 2020 global Multidimensional Poverty Index


Charting Pathways out of Poverty with the global
Multidimensional Poverty Index

16 July 2020, 11:30 am EDT


The update of the global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) in 2020, contains unprecedented and riveting findings – on how poverty reduced in a study covering 5 billion people, on how COVID-19 might affect projected levels of multidimensional poverty, and on how MPI interacts with SDG indicators like vaccination, work, and the environment.

Join our panelists for a discussion of how to understand and fight poverty in the present times. The panel will consider the importance of a multidimensional approach to understand current poverty levels and trends in poverty reduction.

The discussion will also explore how the MPI can provide a tool to chart pathways out of multidimensional poverty and explore the correlations between the MPI and pressing global challenges such as immunisation and climate change.

Speakers include:

  • Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
  • Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative
  • HE M.A. Mannan, Minister of Planning, Bangladesh
  • Isabel Saint Malo, Former Vice President, Panama
  • Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights
  • Theadora Swift Koller, Senior Technical Advisor, Equity, World Health Organization
  • Dean Joliffe, Lead Economist, Development Data Group, World Bank


Online Seminar: Will digital technologies save us from the pandemic?

Presented by The New School

Thursday, June 25, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (EDT)



- Sean McDonald, Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and co-founder of Digital Public

- Susan Erikson, Professor, Simon Fraser University, Canada

- Stephen L. Roberts, Assistant Professor, University College London, UK

- Manjari Mahajan, Associate Professor of International Affairs & Starr Professor and Co-Director of the India China Institute, The New School

The discussion will be moderated by Katerini Storeng, Associate Professor and Deputy Director of Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health, Centre for Development and Environment, University of Oslo.

The seminar will take place online but requires registration in advance.

Online Discussion: People and the Planet: The Future of Development in a Post-COVID-19 World

UNDP-UNEP in New York will hold an online high level dialogue on Zoom: 17 June, 2020, 3.30 pm CET / 9.30 am EDT.

COVID19 has unleashed an unprecedented human development crisis putting at risk the hard fought gains of the last decades. It is a wake-up call on the devastating effects of the increasing pressure we are placing on our planet. But in the endeavor of confronting the multiple implications of this crisis, there is also an opportunity to reimagine what is possible and desirable for the future. Policies are currently being designed to confront it and massive additional financial resources are being mobilized. A key question is therefore how to make this crisis an opportunity for positive change. The panel includes Bina Agarwal, Professor at the University of Manchester and Joseph Stiglitz, Professor at Columbia University and recipient of the Nobel Memorial, among others. To register:

COVID-19 y Desarrollo Humano en América Latina: Hacia una nueva agenda de investigación, políticas y responsabilidad social

3 y 5 de junio
17:30 a 19:00 hrs (UTC-5)

El Instituto de Desarrollo Humano de América Latina en colaboración con la Dirección Académica de Responsabilidad Social - PUCP (DARS) lanza el ciclo de webinars «Covid-19 y Desarrollo Humano en América Latina: Hacia una agenda de investigación, políticas y responsabilidad social».

Este se orientará a generar discusión en torno a la relación entre #Covid19 y #desarrollohumano, en seis países de la región.

Inscripciones aquí:

CALL FOR PAPERS – Corona: Challenging Social Work

Deadline for abstracts (max 250 words): 15.6.2020
Contact: Ronald Lutz,

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed people's lives and the way they interact together in almost all nations and regions. The political reactions to this global pandemic have influenced national responses and play a significant part in the changes it has triggered. Presently, the world is experiencing political, social and economic upheavals of epic proportion, never seen or encountered since the turn of the 20th century due to COVID-19. Life as we knew it before the pandemic will never be the same and societies will have to come to terms with the threat of the virus and, above all, with its consequences such as lockdowns, social distancing and other measures. Some of its consequences are still unforeseeable, but some of its contours are beginning to show.

The virus has impacted everyone and all regions of the globe: rich and poor, north and south, but many are affected more directly, more severely and differently. For example, the virus has highly disproportionately affected the most vulnerable in society such as indigenous peoples, people with disabilities or minorities. In the United States the African-American population has experienced a much higher mortality rate because of their disadvantaged socio-economic conditions and inadequate health coverage. Borders that had begun to open up are now closing again, making the overdue humanitarian plans to resettle refugees to be postponed indefinitely. Solidarity is once again defined first and foremost on national terms, even though the virus does not stop at borders. Existing inequalities within and between countries and regions are being exacerbated, while new ones are already being created. If most societies in the North can still absorb these economic and social costs of COVID-19, to some extent, because of their considerable resources, the case will hardly be the same or even possible in the countries of the Global South. This pandemic aggravates the situation in poorer countries and at the same time increases global inequality. The social costs of the pandemic in particular challenge social policy, social development and social work, as well as social welfare measures in both the Global North and especially in the South.

However, the virus, its presence and consequences show how important it is to think beyond national boundaries. Crucially, it has now become important to emphasize the need for international solidarity and exchanges. In terms of social interaction, the lockdowns will result in other morally problematic consequences. Children in so-called "educationally disadvantaged" households or from precarious backgrounds receive less support from home in coping with so-called home schooling. Many workers in precarious circumstances or those who are self-employed, with no financial assets or resources already have their livelihoods threatened by COVID-19. Parents, especially mothers and single parents, are doubly burdened by the asymmetry in the distribution of care work, which is still present in most families. Furthermore, other groups, such as women or children in violent households, are currently experiencing additional burdens in quarantine. In the UK, the death toll of women being murdered by their partners has almost doubled. On the political level, we also see the different styles of leadership and the problems associated with authoritarian or populist governments.

This book endeavours to offer a platform for articulating, discussing and analysing these issues from both the Global South and North. It seeks to open a space for reports and analyses that deal with current developments emanating from COVID-19 and their impacts. It will also create a space for political considerations, for concepts and visions, for discussions about the relevance of local and indigenous knowledges, for reflections on the necessary anti-hegemonic and post-colonial character of international social work. It envisages that it will go beyond the current phase of the pandemic and raise the challenge to design and practice social work locally whilst thinking and networking at a more translocal, international and postcolonial level.

These intentions have two components: On the one hand, the exchange shows which problems arise in other places, what similarities and differences there are, and how the crisis and its consequences are dealt with there. Conclusions can be drawn for one's own practice of social work. These conclusions will be reflected critically in the book. On the other hand, this worldwide crisis becomes clear as a consequence of globalization, in which the countries of the Global North as a whole have the better technical resources but, through their ambivalent solidarity, continue to think and act in largely national categories. It is noticeable that the rich West in particular is struggling with certain challenges, such as a delayed reaction and lack of compliance with the measures.

Given these issues, the objectives of the contributions in the book should be:

1. To draw attention to the global impact of COVID-19 and to highlight national responses that effect the global pandemic in southern and northern countries.

2. To assess global social work and social development responses to COVID-19.

3. To discuss how nations are meeting the needs of the poor and marginalized communities in the Global South and North.

4. To examine the coping mechanisms and strategies of poor and marginalized population groups in the Global South and North.

Issues like these must be discussed more intensively on an international and public policy level. During this pandemic and beyond, social work must find an active voice, which sides with the "oppressed" (Paulo Freire) and the "damned of this earth" (Frantz Fanon) and contributes to its own decolonisation.

It is important to note that the global pandemic has revealed many challenges inherent in national, continental and supranational systems, as well asinequalities and inequities in economic and health systems in southern and northern countries. The current situation reveals, that international social work must be an "interwoven social work", which operates locally but must be part of an international network. This is one theoretical focus of the book. Networking internationally shows clearly that global solidarity, an exchange about problems and concepts, is imperative. Solidarity is already evident in existing international networks; IFSW was one of the first organisations to place positions on international solidarity and exchange. It is therefore to be expected that this book will be able to report on these cases of international solidarity and how they are helping to fight COVD-19. One of the key outcomes of this book is to generate more information on the manner in which countries around the globe have responded to COVID-19. The other outcome is to show how social workers across the globe are helping to fight COVID-19.

The current situation provides an opportunity to identify and pin-point major deficits that have existed for a long time around the world and which are currently intensifying the effects of the global pandemic. This opens a window to fundamentally question and

end the hegemony of the Global North, which is sometimes also evident in social work. Linked to this, reflecting beyond the pandemic and into the future, social work must become more political at all levels and strive to transform societies as well as global social development, economic and health systems.

We especially encourage young scholars to submit their work.

Potential contributions may include the following topics, but are not limited to: Issues and Problems

- The effects of the pandemic and (emergency) responses on marginalized groups such as indigenous populations, women, children, displaced people, migrants and refugees, the poor, etc. and their coping strategies. - the societal effects on pandemic response, e.g. mental health crises, loss of livelihood, environmental changes - the subordination of other important issues to pandemic response e.g. global health problems, poverty, global economic inequalities, trade relationships, natural disasters - Political and societal conflicts, extremism, inequalities, religious fundamentalism, mistrust in science Social Work, social development and social welfare Responses

- How social work is responding to and during the crisis and what challenges it faces (methods, practice) - Analyses of specific issues such as poverty, basic services, health care, education, violence - Social policy issues, economic issues in responding to the pandemic and social development - Significance of local and indigenous knowledges in crisis management, - the role of networking: translocal, international and postcolonial Political Strategies

- Global and local solidarity - Transformation processes, the significance of (digital) technology in our lives and social relations - International Organisations, Human Rights, Global Justice

The Editors

Maria do Carmo Gonçalves, Centro Scalabriniano des Estudos Migratorios, Brasilia, Brasil

Rebecca Gutwald, Munich School of Philosophy, Munich, Germany

Tanja Kleibl, University of Applied Science, Würzburg-Schweinfurt, Germany

Janestic Twikirize, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Ronald Lutz, University of Applied Science, Erfurt, Germany

Ndangwa Noyoo, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Deadline for abstracts (max 250 words): 15.6.2020

Contact: Ronald Lutz,

Final Deadline for chapters (max 6000 words): 31.12.2020

Abstracts and contributions have to be submitted in English

Virtual Mini-conference on Global Perspectives on COVID-19 and Sustainability Transitions

Register at:

An Initiative of the Future Earth Knowledge-Action Network on Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production

May 27, 2020

 10pm Australia | 9pm Japan | 8pm China | 2pm Central Europe/South Africa | 1pm United Kingdom | 9am Rio de Janeiro | 8am North America (East) | 7am North America (Central) | 6am North America (Mountain) | 5am North America (Pacific)

***0:00 indicates the start time of the mini-conference (does not refer to a time zone)***

0:00-0:10 Introduction, Maurie Cohen

0:10-00:40 Opening Plenary | Covid-19 and sustainability transitions: a view from the grassroots, Neal Gorenflo, Founder and Executive Director, Shareable

0:40-1:00 Opportunities for local governments to advance sustainability in a post-COVID-19 world, Thomas Reuter, Amy Burnett, Jenna Lamphere, and Liga Rudzite

1:00-1:20 From “locking-down” to “locking-in”: glocal dialogues and a glimpse into changes to everyday life and social practices, Steven McGreevy and Ashley Colby

1:20-1:40 And who cares for women? The importance of care work in the time of COVID-19, Cláudia Santos, Marula Tsagkari, Felix Kwabena Donkor, Nediana Sarrasanti, Karen Smith, and Chadia Wannous

1:40-2:00 Coffee/Cocktail Break

2:00-2:20 Sustainability transitions in the Global South: introducing the network and its ongoing initiatives in the context of COVID-19 crisis, Katharina Schiller, Bipashyee Ghosh, Mark Purdon, and Adriana Marotti de Mello

2:20-2:40 Circular economy opportunities for sustainability transitions in the post-COVID-19 era, Joseph Sarkis, Paul Dewick, and Sarah Strauss

2:40-3:00 School closures and the COVID-19 pandemic: Is there a transformational potential for Education for Sustainable Development/Education for Sustainable Consumption?, Pascal Frank, Daniel Fischer, and Claire Grauer

3:00-3:30 Final Plenary

Biographies of Speakers Available Here

A Special Feature of the Mini-conference

Participants in the mini-conference are invited to share a visual representation of their hopes and inspirations, lives, or experiences of sustainability transitions in the era of COVID-19. Once you upload your images, please provide some explanatory text that identifies the location of your photograph/video and provide your name. We ask that each participant limit themselves to five submissions. Please click the following link to submit your contribution(s):

Mini-conference Organizing Committee

Magnus Bengtsson, Caroline Boules, Maurie Cohen, Ashley Colby, Paul Dewick, Felix Kwabena Donkor, Ria Lambino, Hein Mallee, Steven McGreevy, Cláudia Santos, Joseph Sarkis, Nediana Sarrasanti, Craig Starger, Emmanuella Vital, and Esthi Zipori

Organizing Committee for COVID-19 and Sustainability Transitions Initiative

Magnus Bengtsson, Maurie Cohen, Paul Dewick, Ria Lambino, Hein Mallee, Steven McGreevy, Joseph Sarkis, Patrick Schröder, and Esthi Zipori

Management Team of the Future Earth Knowledge-Action Network on Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production

Magnus Bengtsson, Maurie Cohen, Charlotte Jensen, Ria Lambino, Sylvia Lorek, Hein Mallee, Steven McGreevy, and Patrick Schröder

WEBINAR – Global Access to Vaccines: the Politics of Negotiations and the Global South

Thursday, May 28
10:00 am US Eastern time



CALL FOR PAPERS: Social Policy and Disability Symposium

Fordham University, New York, NY

November 12-13, 2020

Submissions deadline: May 15, 2020
(Please indicate in your submission if you would like to submit a paper for a presentation online or in person.)

The Fordham Research Consortium on Disability and the Columbia China Center for Social Policy invite you to submit a paper to the multidisciplinary and international Social Policy and Disability Symposium. The symposium will provide a forum to discuss how disability is considered in the design, implementation and evaluation of social policies.

In this symposium, interdisciplinary conversations among people with diverse experiences and backgrounds will provide opportunities to discover solutions to old and new problems. We invite scholars, activists, policymakers, practitioners, and students working in the areas of social policy and disability to this conference. We welcome submissions in the social sciences, the humanities, and interdisciplinary fields such as disability studies.

The symposium will focus on social policies and their impact on persons with disabilities, their families and communities. We are interested in any topic related to disability and social policy, including but not limited to the following:

  • Poverty and inequality
  • Ageing
  • Health and healthcare
  • Family support and policies
  • Community-based services and long-term care
  • Social protection
  • Social policy in the Global South.

The symposium will take place at Fordham University at Lincoln Center in New York City on November 12-13, 2020. (Note that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire conference might take place online.)

Please submit an abstract (between 500 and 2,000 words) or a full paper by email to by May 15, 2020. Notifications will be shared via email by June 1st, 2020. Criteria for selection will include quality, originality, accessibility, and relevance to current debates in social policy. A preliminary program will be announced by July 15th, 2020. Selected papers from the symposium may be considered for a journal special issue or edited volume.

Look forward to seeing you in New York City!

Invited Keynote Speakers:

Vandana Chaudhry, Ph.D., MSW, College of Staten Island, The City University of New YorkSusan Parish, Ph.D., MSW, Dean of College of Health Professions, Virginia Commonwealth University

Scientific committee: Christine Fountain (Fordham University), Qin Gao (Columbia University), Amy Horowitz (Fordham University), Sophie Mitra (Fordham University), Falguni Sen (Fordham University), Jean-Francois Trani (University of Washington at St. Louis).

Organizing committee: Amy Horowitz, Sophie Mitra, and Falguni Sen (Fordham University).

The symposium is co-sponsored by the Fordham Research Consortium on Disability and the Columbia China Center for Social Policy.

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