Digital Series: Peacebuilding in a COVID-19 era and beyond


Funding of local faith actors during COVID-19

This podcast was produced by Partnership for Religion and Development, Islamic Relief, World Vision International, World Evangelical Alliance, Side by Side.

COVID-19 has presented different challenges towards meeting health, environment, gender and peace needs particularly in different contexts. While some of these challenges had existed prior to COVID-19, the health crises has made the work of religious actors more relevant, yet with the restrictions surrounding the pandemic, more difficult. This podcast brings local voices from different faiths and geographical backgrounds to help us understand those challenges and ways to overcome them.

Justine Aenishaenslin, World Vision International (narrator), Kuki Rokum, Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief known as EFICOR (speaker), Shahin Ashraf, Head of Global Advocacy at Islamic Relief Worldwide (speaker), Reverend Siyani, Senior Pastor at Tabernacle of Power (speaker), Wah Wah Yeh, Program Manager at the Spirits in Education Movement, and Som-boon Chung-pram-pree or (Moo) who is the  Executive Secretary for the  International Network of Engaged Buddhists  based in Thailand.

A new global order in the making: How can peace mediation stay relevant in the post-COVID-19 world?

This podcast was produced by The Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) in collaboration with the Changing Character of War Center of the University of Oxford and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP).

Covid-19 is impacting the foundations that underpin global peace and security, and multilateral institutions that uphold peace are facing a crisis that has left them struggling with internal deadlocks. The crisis of multilateralism is coupled with technological advancements in warfare that the peacemaking community at large has yet to fully grasp. The podcast ""A new global order in the making: How can peace mediation stay relevant in the post-Covid-19 world?"" provides perspectives on the changing character of conflict by identifying key questions that need to be addressed for peace mediation to stay relevant.

Annette Idler – Director of Studies, Changing Character of War Programme, University of Oxford 
Ville Brummer – Programme Director, CMI
Jean-Marc Rickli – Head of Global Risk and Resilience, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)


Parliaments’ Role in Linking Good Security Sector Governance to SDG16 amid COVID-19

This video was created by Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF), Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). 


This video will take you on a journey to discover how parliaments contribute to the governance of the security sector around the world. You will meet parliamentarians from four different countries who share their experiences on how parliamentary oversight of the security sector contributes to Sustainable Development Goal 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions. They will also discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted parliaments’ ability to provide effective oversight and share some lessons learned.


Hon. Sophie Kiladze
Hon. Nielsen Pérez Pérez
Hon. David McGuinty
Hon. Alphonse Nombre

The role of research, educational and healthcare institutions in peacebuilding community at COVID-19 times

This video was created by Hellenic Association of Political Scientists (HAPSc), Laboratory of Health Economics and Management (LabHEM), Health Policy Institute (HPI), Public Policy and Administration Research Laboratory (LABDIPOL).


The Covid-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented fast and tight international research cooperation, not only in the fight against the virus itself but also in policy-making, with healthcare and education being heavily threatened. This event aims to discuss this new era where scientists, as well as international organizations (such as the W.H.O.), are on the forefront of this battle against a common global enemy, and the ways this advanced international cooperation can strengthen international peacebuilding, both now and in the post-pandemic world.


Prof. Emeritus Stylianos E. Antonarakis, University of Geneva Medical School
Dr. Pari Rapti, LabHEM (University of Piraeus), HAPSc
Dr. Christos Dimas, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Development & Investments of the Hellenic Republic
Dr. George Patoulis, Regional Governor of Attika and President of Athens Medical Association
Prof. John Chrysoulakis, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic
Prof. Vasiliki Artinopoulou, Head of the Department of Sociology, Panteion University
Prof. Achilleas Gravanis, School of Medicine University of Crete
Associate Prof. Athanassios Vozikis, University of Piraeus, Director of LabHEM
Ms. Sofia Neta, Journalist

The role of faith leaders in Mali in response to COVID-19

This video was created by World Vision International, Islamic Relief, Religions for Peace.  


This session aims to provide insights and learning around the crucial role of faith leaders in building social cohesion during the COVID-19 response, specifically in the most fragile areas in Mali. Without faith leaders as key actors in humanitarian response, protection and social cohesion, actors working across the nexus fail to bring everyone to the table. Involving faith leaders  in peacebuilding initiatives will induce communities to accept the ideals of peacebuilding thanks to their ability to mobilize communities.


World Vision International and Islamic Relief-Maya Assaf-Horstmeier  and Hannah Mutawi (moderators) 
Religions for Peace - Azza Karam or Deepika Singh (speaker) 
World Vision International - Josué Djire (speaker)
Inter-religious council in Mali - Sheikh Mamadou Traore (speaker)
Islamic Relief Worldwide - Moussa Traore - Islamic Relief Mali, Country Director (speaker)

The impact of COVID-19 on security in complex environments and its peacebuilding implications

This video was created by International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA), Global Interagency Security Forum (GISF), Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC). 


This panel discussion analyses the impact of COVID-19 on the provision of private security services in complex operating environments and reflects on the implications of such developments for peacebuilding and stabilisation efforts. Together with security practitioners and subject-matter experts, the panel considers the role and responsibilities of private security providers and puts forward key recommendations for entities interested in engaging them or in contracting security services.


Lisa Reilly – Executive Director, Global Interagency Security Forum (GISF)
Andrew Farquhar – Managing Director, GardaWorld UK
Beatrice Godefroy – Europe Director, Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)
Jamie Williamson – Executive Director, International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA)

Adaptive Context Analysis during COVID-19

This video was created by World Vision International (WVI), Centre on International Cooperation - New York University (CIC - NYU).


How do you conduct participatory context analysis during a pandemic with travel restrictions? This is the question asked and discussed by this panel. World Vision and New York University look at this question from a practical angle as well as from a decision-making perspective on how humanitarian agencies can, do and should use context analysis to inform their programmes. World Vision explains how they have used its Good Enough Online Context Analysis for Rapid Response for this purpose.


Sarah Pickwick, Senior Conflict Adviser, World Vision UK (moderator)
Leah Zamore, Senior Policy Analyst and Head of the Humanitarian Crises program at Centre for International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University
Moussa Sangara, Humanitarian Response Director, World Vision International 
Johan Eldebo, Regional Security Director -Southern Africa, World Vision International and visiting scholar at CIC"