COVID-19 and peacebuilding

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is having a profound impact on peace and conflict around the world.

The presence of conflict is also making it more difficult for emergency responders to tackle the pandemic and reach those most in need.

Peacebuilding must therefore be part of the response to the pandemic, to mitigate and prevent violence, increase the resilience of communities to ongoing shocks, and ensure that healthcare interventions and recovery efforts are sustainable and avoid exacerbating conflict.

Here, we explore the different ways peacebuilders can play a part in the COVID-19 response.