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Africa’s economic transformation: the role of Chinese investment

ODI - 29. Juni 2020 - 0:00
This report uses evidence from DEGRP research and beyond to assess whether and how Chinese investment in Africa has contributed to economic transformation.
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Implementing the IASC Guidelines on inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action

ODI - 29. Juni 2020 - 0:00
Highlighting strategies for using the IASC Guidelines to mainstream disability inclusion within humanitarian interventions.
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It’s time to turn the Covid-19 recovery into a green renaissance

ODI - 29. Juni 2020 - 0:00
Green must be at the very centre, not on the periphery, of the Covid-19 recovery planning we do now.
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Negative impacts of electric car battery production must be urgently addressed: UN trade agency

UN ECOSOC - 28. Juni 2020 - 6:15
Demand for raw materials used in the production of electric car batteries is set to soar, prompting the UN trade body, UNCTAD, to call for the social and environmental impacts of the extraction of raw materials, which include human rights abuses, to be urgently addressed.
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ONLINE | Launch of CDP Paper: National Reports on the 2030 Agenda: What do they (not) reveal?

Global Policy Watch - 27. Juni 2020 - 23:37

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.

Monday, July 13, 2020, 8:00 am to 9:00 am (EDT).

Please register here.

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).

This event is co-hosted by the United Nations Committee for Development Policy (CDP), Social Watch International, Global Policy Forum and the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs.

Presented by Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs at the Schools of Public Engagement, with United Nations Committee for Development Policy (CDP)Social Watch International, and the Global Policy Forum.

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What will power the post-pandemic global economic recovery?

UN ECOSOC - 27. Juni 2020 - 6:15
As governments try to kick-start their economies, the UN is calling for recovery plans to be built around low-carbon technologies, to avoid a return to fossil-fuel based business as usual.
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Never-ending reformism from above and dissatisfaction from below: the paradox of Moroccan post-Spring politics

GDI Briefing - 26. Juni 2020 - 16:46

For scholars, policy-makers and casual observers, there is no doubt that Morocco has undergone an impressive transformation process since Mohammed VI came to power in 1999. The country projects an image of liberal-democratic modernity and socio-economic progress that the international community is happy to go along with. But at the heart of Moroccan modernization lies a glaring paradox: despite two decades of reforms, the dissatisfaction of ordinary citizens with the way the system works has been consistently high, and a number of socio-economic and political indicators do not support the regime’s claim that the country has democratised or is democratising. This article examines the country’s political system through the reformist process – political, economic and social – that began in the 2000s, continued with the constitutional changes of 2011 and culminated with the two PJD-led governments that followed the parliamentary elections of 2011 and 2016. In particular, this study examines the reformist drive in the context of the inter-paradigm debate between democratisation and authoritarian resilience. We employ four criteria to determine to what extent Morocco has democratised: the accountability of decision-makers, the participation of a plurality of voices in the formulation of policies, the degree of individual freedoms and the protection of human rights. This article concludes that the reformist process is simply a narrative the regime has adopted to fend off international criticism and to reconfigure domestic institutions. The fundamentally authoritarian nature of the regime has not changed, and the dominant institutional role that the monarch – unelected and unaccountable – plays undermines all claims of democratisation.

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EU among group pushing for relaxation of debt relief rules - 26. Juni 2020 - 15:59
The EU, along with a group of countries, is pushing for a relaxation in how debt relief is defined in the latest round of talks at the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) on Thursday (25 June), EURACTIV understands.
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Nothing is true

D+C - 26. Juni 2020 - 15:22
Why populists depend on systematical disinformation

As Peter Pomerantsev has argued about Russian President Vladimir Putin, populist leaders want people to feel that “nothing is true and everything is possible” (see Hans Dembowski in Tribune section of D+C/E+Z e-paper 2018/06). President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil similarly depends on disinformation. Depressingly, top leaders of many countries do so, including, for example, Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines, Narendra Modi in India, Viktor Orbán in Hungary, Boris Johnson in Britain, Donald Trump in the USA and Iván Duque Márquez in Colombia. Other governments also cheat occasionally, but politicians with authoritarian leanings and a tendency to focus on a vague idea of national greatness need to lie systematically. They thrive on hounding scapegoats – communists, immigrants and minorities but also “the elite” or independent media. Leaders like Bolsonaro pretend to be fighting for “the” people, which they suggest is a homogenous entity.

In reality, they serve powerful special interests. In contrast to what the president says, Brazil’s forest fires do not help indigenous communities. They please the lobbies of ranchers and plantation owners. The president’s aggressive rhetoric against supposed enemies serves to distract from actual policy impacts.

Like other populists, Bolsonaro and his team want to destroy or at least discredit fact-based truth. He casts doubt on both independent science and independent journalism, pretending that they only provide a selection of many different alternative perceptions of reality, and that they are at odds with “the” people’s “real” interests. To reinforce that message, automated computer programmes and paid people keep reiterating the same untruths on social media. They follow the example of Joseph Goebbels, who was Nazi Germany’s propaganda minister. He declared that “a lie repeated a thousand times becomes true”.

Bolsonaro’s vicious propaganda is two-pronged. It tirelessly repeats the lies that it wants to be believed and it fiercely attacks the reputation of anyone who dares prove those lies wrong.

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Lying about Brazil’s forests

D+C - 26. Juni 2020 - 15:07
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro falsely says deforestation is not a problem

In October last year, devastating fires turned several parts of Brazil’s Amazonian forests into ashes. Indigenous people and other marginalised communities suffered in particular, and the entire river basin’s ecology is increasingly at risk (see Carmen Josse in Tribune section of D+C/E+Z e-paper 2019/10). Nonetheless, Bolsonaro addressed an audience of investors in Saudi Arabia and told them that the fires did not worry him. He declared them to be a “typical practice of local and indigenous people in an attempt to transform extractivism into agriculture”.

Experts were shocked, and so was the general public. French President Emmanuel Macron even spoke of a disaster and pointed out that Brazil had to take urgent action. Unless environmental standards are observed, European environmentalists do not want a trade deal between the EU and Mercosur to be ratified. Brazil belongs to the regional organisation Mercosur.

Bolsonaro dismisses any criticism. In autumn, he said: “A few weeks ago, Brazil was severely attacked by a European head of state on the Amazon issue.” He insisted that indigenous people burn down the forest for survival and claimed that this was one of the reasons why he “did not identify with previous policies regarding the Amazon”. Under his predecessors, land was reserved for conservation managed by indigenous communities. Rules of that kind limited how far agribusiness companies could expand operations. They want more land and benefit from the fires that, under Bolsonaro, are clearing forests.

In late 2019, international observers wondered why a head of state would deny science, use false pre3mises and lie about policies that were actually quite successful. Brazilians watching him closely had no doubt. It was an attempt to confuse the public and make the fires seem like something natural.

Systematic obfuscation

Governments run by right-wing populists like Bolsonaro have a strong tendency to obfuscate and mislead (see box). The reason is that empirical facts clash with populist propaganda. Bolsonaro does not want the public to believe what the providers of unbiased, scientific information say, so he does what he can to undermine their credibility.

Accordingly, Bolsonaro turned against the National Institute for Space Research (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais – INPE) in August last year. INPE is a government agency that uses satellite images to monitor Brazil. Among other things, it documents the state of Brazilian forests. Its Deter system documents logging in real time. INPE’s methodology is endorsed by NASA, the US space agency. Ricardo Salles, the environment minister supported Bolsonaro’s attack on INPE. Both politicians stated they needed better and more accurate data. They fired Ricardo Galvão, the physicist who was leading the institute.

International observers were shocked. “Jair Bolsonaro and his anti-environment minister, Ricardo Salles, made a bold attempt to lower the iron curtain on Amazon deforestation data – live and before the eyes of the entire world,” stated a comment in El País, the leading Spanish newspaper. “The government’s undisguised intention is to censor INPE and create a monitoring system in tune with the fictional world of Bolsonarism.”

The government has recently been sued for failing to protect the Amazon forest. Cases have been filed by an organisation of environment-ministry staff members, opposition parties and the NGOs Greenpeace and Instituto Socioambiental. Deutsche Welle reported that they argue Bolsonaro’s government acted wrongly by weakening inspections related to timber exports and by cutting climate-protecting funding.

The science is clear: the global climate is changing, and forests are dwindling in many countries. The two trends are mutually reinforcing. In order to protect humankind from ever worsening disasters, they must be stopped. Brazil’s forests are probably the world’s most important – because of their sheer size and their great biodiversity. Making matters more worrisome, deforestation in Brazil may be close to a tipping point after which the forests may be unable to regrow as they did in the past.

Faster deforestation

Bolsonaro won the presidential elections in 2018 and took office on 1 January 2019. His campaign promised to:

  • discontinue environmental assessments,
  • end the protection of specific forest areas and
  • erase demarcations that define indigenous land.

That agenda obviously adds up to faster deforestation. According to Imazon, an independent think tank, 1,722 square kilometres were cleared in the months January to May 2020. That was 39 % more forest area than in the same period a year earlier when Bolsonaro had just taken office.

Brazil’s federal government is taking an anti-science approach not only in regard to forest issues. Its response to the global Covid-19 pandemic has been equally problematic right from the start (see Gilberto Scofield Jr. in Covid-19 diary in D+C/E+Z e-paper 2020/06). Even though the deadly disease is now spreading fast in Brazil (see Thuany Rodrigues in Covid-19 diary in D+C/E+Z e-paper 2020/06), Bolsonaro has not changed his stance. On 7 June, his government stopped publishing total numbers of infections and deaths. According to the website, however, the country had counted almost 690,000 infections by 8 June, more than any other country apart from the USA, and the disease had killed more than 37,000 Brazilians. Many of them, however, belong to black and indigenous communities who, in the right-wing populists’ eyes, do not count as real citizens. In view of all the untruths, many people hope that the truth will soon catch up with Bolsonaro. He is suspected of corruption and obstruction of justice. The Supreme Court authorised investigations in late April. Democracy depends on checks and balances, and Bolsonaro has done his best to blunt them since taking power. The good news is that he has not managed to subvert all state institutions. A leaked video that showed him and his cabinet denigrating the judiciary, moreover, has hurt his own credibility.

His supporters, however, still hope that he will somehow manage to make his make-belief promises come true. That will never happen. Brazil cannot be a homogenous nation that excludes anyone who is somehow different and thrives on destroying the environment. Brazil is a diverse nation – and no society will last if it destroys the foundations on which it depends.

Jorge Soares is the pseudonym of a Brazilian Journalist who wrote this story before being told by his employer that, in these politically troubled times, he may no longer publish opinion pieces.

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COVID-19 has threatened medical equipment supply chains: it is in developing countries’ interest to rebuild them better

OECD - 26. Juni 2020 - 11:53
By Piergiuseppe Fortunato, Economic Affairs Officer, UNCTAD and Annalisa Primi, Head, Structural Policies and Innovation Unit, OECD Development Centre This blog is part of a series on tackling COVID-19 in developing countries. Visit the OECD dedicated page to access the OECD’s data, analysis and recommendations on the health, economic, financial and societal impacts of COVID-19 worldwide. Supply chain breakdowns and … Continue reading COVID-19 has threatened medical equipment supply chains: it is in developing countries’ interest to rebuild them better
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Why we need global cooperation

D+C - 26. Juni 2020 - 11:11
Hans Dembowski spells out some thoughts on global governance ahead of Shattuck Center panel discussion on Friday 3 July

A system that destroys its environment ultimately destroys itself. The reason is that systems are components of the environments in which they exist and on which they depend. That is a very basic tenet of systems theory.

It makes sense to see our species as a single biological system – and obviously, humankind is destroying the natural environment we all depend on. Frightening trends include climate change, the dwindling of biodiversity, the depletion of ocean resources, desertification, deforestation, pollution with long-lasting plastic and more. If these trends are not stopped and reversed, disasters lie ahead. No country will be safe. Without some kind of global governance were all nations have a say, humanity will pay an enormous price.

In a similar way, our species as a whole is exposed to Covid-19. We can only protect our own individual nations if we manage to protect all other nations as well. As long as the pandemic is spreading in some parts of the world, getting a grip on it at the national level is only of limited use. Infections are likely to flare up again elsewhere, and keeping borders closed is not an attractive solution, even though narrow-minded nationalists may like the idea.

They neglect the harm and the pain closed borders cause. Frustration about not being able to travel was an important reason for the collapse of communist rule in East Germany.

It is worth bearing in mind, moreover, that individual nations’ economies are ultimately subsystems of the global economy. Closed borders hurt exporters as well as importers. They reduce opportunity. The bigger markets are, the more opportunities they offer, which is why many emerging markets have benefited from WTO membership. China is the most striking example, but not the only one.

By contrast, there is no example of a developing country that prospered thanks to isolationism and autarky.

As I have argued before, Covid-19 is a double challenge:

  • First of all, health-care systems around the world must cope with the pandemic. Humankind has a common interest in things not spinning out of control anywhere. Nurses and doctors need protective gear everywhere. As research advances and it becomes clearer which therapies work and which don’t, the relevant resources must be made available everywhere. Once there is a vaccine, it must be used to maximum impact. Immunising one nation entirely makes much less sense than to start immunising health-care staff everywhere. The point is that no one is really protected until everyone is.
  • Second, the global economy has taken a hit. Aggregate demand has been radically reduced by lockdowns, and on the supply side, production has stalled in many industries too. There is a need for stimulus spending everywhere. Even more urgent, social protection must be beefed up for those who have lost their normal incomes. Since national economies are interdependent, global cooperation will prove useful.

Global cooperation is required on many other issues, of course. Fighting organised crime, ensuring financial stability and maintaining peace are among the challenges that no national government can rise to successfully on its own.

Digitalisation, moreover, is changing societies everywhere. Global rules concerning data privacy or the deliberate spread of disinformation would be helpful. We do not have them. Even worse, the hugely profitable multinational corporations that dominate the internet hardly pay taxes. Their business practices are disruptive. The global community basically allows them to rake in the benefits, but does not make them contribute to repairing the damage.

In view of all the issues that require global governance, it is bizarre that populist leaders have successfully agitated against multilateralism. It is even more bizarre that media pundits started to theorise that the era of globalists was over and nationalists were now resurgent. What they failed to do was to explain how any kind of “my nation first” approach could ever successfully tackle the big global challenges. Nor could they explain how many leaders who all put their narrowly understood national interest first can ever forge lasting alliances with one another.

It is interesting to note in this context, that Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and Jair Bolsonaro, three of the world's most important populist leaders, appear to be having a particularly bad Covid-19 pandemic. In the USA, Britain and Brazil, infection rates are awful, and the death toll terrible. Their governments’ responses to this crisis were guided by wishful thinking, but not well considered.

This is most certain linked to the fact that all three of them have so far thrived politically on aggressive rhetoric. What they never offered is detailed policies designed to solve complex problems. They claim to be making their nation great again. But they do not define greatness in any meaningful way. They show no interest in social inclusion. They do not seem to care about equal opportunities. They promise some kind of world leadership - which is odd, because they do not make any proposals on how to solve humankind's pressing problems.

The international community deserves better. We need prudent global governance – and it can only result from sensible cooperation.

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SEEG: Addressing COVID-19 with Berlin’s Charité hospital

GIZ Germany - 26. Juni 2020 - 7:35
: Tue, 23 Jun 2020 HH:mm:ss
Experts from Berlin’s Charité hospital and SEEG are supporting Latin American countries in tackling the coronavirus. Their assistance is in higher demand than ever.
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COVID-19 in refugee camps: overcoming the crisis through self-help

GIZ Germany - 26. Juni 2020 - 7:35
: Fri, 19 Jun 2020 HH:mm:ss
Refugees are suffering particularly badly under the pandemic. In Kenya, their skills are helping to alleviate its effects.
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Idea from a project lab: Zambians can pay their taxes by mobile phone in future

GIZ Germany - 26. Juni 2020 - 7:35
: Thu, 27 Feb 2020 HH:mm:ss
Every year, valuable tax revenue is lost in Zambia because many smaller companies do not pay taxes. A mobile solution now offers a simple way of submitting tax returns.
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A Brief History of the UN Charter

UN Dispatch - 26. Juni 2020 - 7:07

On June 26, 1945, after months of negotiations in the city of San Francisco, representatives from 50 countries signed the Charter of the United Nations. In October that year, after the requisite number of countries ratified the charter, the United Nations was born. 

The UN Charter is the founding treaty of the United Nations.  The document itself spells out the rules and procedures of today’s UN. But it stands for much more. The charter brought to life a longstanding idea that collective security and international cooperation can be sought through an international organization that represented all humanity.   

To mark the 75th anniversary of the signing of treaty that created the United Nations — UN Charter Day —  I am re-leasing a conversation I had with author Stephen Schlesinger who wrote the definitive book about the 1945 San Francisco Conference, Act of Creation

Stephen Schlesinger and I recorded this conversation exactly five years ago, when the UN turned 70. We discuss the unique history of the UN Charter, some of the key players that drove diplomacy in San Francisco in 1945 and the post-war diplomatic intrigue that lead to its signing. 


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Here is the preamble to the Charter, which reflects the determination of the international community, in the wake of World War Two, to build a better world and design the future they wanted.

WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to regain faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

AND FOR THESE ENDS…to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours, and to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples,

HAVE RESOLVED TO COMBINE OUR EFFORTS TO ACCOMPLISH THESE AIMS…Accordingly, our respective Governments, through representatives assembled in the city of San Francisco, who have exhibited their full powers found to be in good and due form, have agreed to the present Charter of the United Nations and do hereby establish an international organization to be known as the United Nations.

75 years on, the United Nations is still trying to achieve the ideals reflected in this pre-amble.  To that end, the UN has launched a massive survey available in nearly every language, asking “we the peoples” to help determine the future of the UN. You can find that here.

The post A Brief History of the UN Charter appeared first on UN Dispatch.

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$1.8 billion pledged to assist Sudan’s people on the road to peace and democracy

UN ECOSOC - 25. Juni 2020 - 22:49
A High-Level Sudan Partnership Conference took place on Thursday gathering some 50 countries and international organizations together in Berlin, generating pledges to bolster the African nation’s economic and political transformation to the tune of $1.8 billion, and discuss the challenges that lie ahead.
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#102: racism and tax justice

Tax Justice Network - 25. Juni 2020 - 22:26

This month we look at the United States and how tax justice can help address systemic racism. Plus: did you know Britain's slave owners compensation loan was only settled by the government in 2015 on behalf of taxpayers? As Faulkner wrote: "The past is never dead. It's not even past." As we discuss, the legacy of centuries of institutionalised racism is that a wealth chasm has been created between black and white communities. We also know that the City of London in Britain itself built its wealth from slavery and empire. Still today major finance sectors have extractive business models, that impoverish some of the world's poorest nations. And financial secrecy is another form of empire. So how can we think about combining tax justice and reparations? Keval Bharadia's work on a super tax on the $8 trillion a day financial markets could help show the way. And financial institutions must have independent slavery money audits.

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Empowering youth through sport and promoting resilience during COVID-19

UNSDN - 25. Juni 2020 - 22:11

The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis that the world has not faced in 100 years. It has impacted the global community. The measures taken to contain the spread of the virus have put most socio-economic sectors of life under tremendous strain, including suspension of sport initiatives. People have been asked to stay at home as much as possible and children could not attend school or recreational activities. However, despite the ongoing pandemic people of all ages and abilities have found ways to keep physically fit and have fun during this period. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered every aspect of child, adolescent, and youth life from health and work to education and exercise. Over the long term, the negative mental health effects of the coronavirus could be serious and long-lasting.

Yet, we are not powerless. A “simple” ball can do wonders in keeping us mentally and physically fit, boost our immune system and mood, and have a positive impact on our behavior. In times of physical distancing, what sports can be played? And how can children stay active in times of isolation? Inter Campus sets an example of good practices for children, adolescents and youth on the right to play, at all times. It is a non-profit social project founded and run by the professional Italian Football Club Inter Milan, with activities in 30 countries around the world.

Since 1997 Inter Campus gives back the “Right to Play“ to thousands of children from vulnerable groups of society, using the values of sport and the game of soccer (also called football) as an educational tool. Its philosophy is to contribute to the development of local communities, and to support educational, social and sanitary protection programs carried out by local partners. Moreover, Inter Campus promotes social integration among differing ethnic groups and cultures.  This is very much aligned with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind and its preamble that recognizes that sport is an enabler of development and peace.

In my conversation with managers of Inter Campus on how they respond to the present pandemic and promote resilience in children and contribute to happy families, Inter Campus explained that they are promoting a basic educational program through virtual proximity by increasing contacts with local mentors and coaches – key figures of the project in the area – who in turn can encourage virtual meetings with families and children. They then share videos of exercises with local referents and coaches, created by Inter Campus technical staff, to be replicated at home using a mobile phone and simple everyday objects that replace the sports material normally available on the pitches. A way to make children feel part of the Inter Campus team and family is giving them alternative solutions and once found, even if physically distant, it is possible to play together.

Inter Campus is also leading social research with the goal of measuring the impact of soccer activities on children’s development, including reducing vulnerabilities and enhancing resilience. An example of how this works is the empowering story of a child in Mexico who lives in an unsafe neighborhood, Ecatepec de Morelos[1], where children are exposed to many risks to their development. Here a child called Inaki, 6 years old, is part of the project and diagnosed with ADHD and depressive tendencies. During this pandemic his father fell ill with COVID 19, exposing the child to a high level of stress. Inaki is following a psychological therapy also supported by Inter Campus staff (Italian and Mexican) that constantly keeps in touch with him and his family, helping them through physical, psychological and social virtual activities. These coping strategies are giving much relief to the child and his family.

Moreover, Inter Campus staff, in accordance with educational guidelines, aims to enhance children’s self-efficacy and self-esteem, culminating in enhancing the overall resiliency in children and adolescents. Resiliency is generally defined as the way one reacts to their environment; specifically, in the face of adverse circumstances. So, this non-profit social project, through its virtual activities, aims to develop Sense of Mastery, Sense of Relatedness and Emotional Reactivity as a fundamental pillar of resiliency in children and adolescents.[2]

Inter Campus opened its first program office in the United States in Queens, one of the most diverse boroughs of New York City, in partnership with a school this year. Many children in that school have lost their parents or their parents have lost their jobs, did not have computers for e-learning, and presently have been deprived from the mental and physical benefits, fun and joy, and pride of being in the soccer team of Inter Campus. Many American parents experience higher level of stress due to the disruptions of their children and teens’ lives under the age of 18 in Queens neighborhood, caused by COVID-19. More than 7 in 10 say managing distance/online learning for their children is a significant source of stress (71%).[3]

The average reported stress level for U.S. adults and children related to the coronavirus pandemic is 5.9. This is significantly higher than the average stress level reported in the 2019 Annual Stress in AmericaTM1 survey, which was 4.9, and marks the first significant increase in average reported stress since the survey began in 2007. This means children and their families are exposed to great psychological problems like anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, as well as social problems due to the lack of relationship with their peers and friends. Hispanics (most of Inter Campus NYC children are of Hispanic Latin origin) are also most likely to say they constantly or often feel stress as a result of the pandemic (37%), as compared with white (32%), black (32%), Native American (31%), and Asian (28%) adults and children.

Management of Inter Campus believes that the future ahead is complex but: “we will not lose hope of being able to help these children and their families with remote support and as soon as possible with the restoration of Inter Campus activities on the soccer pitch”. An example of what is being done to support pupils, where possible, is to organize video calls between Italian project managers, coaches, local coaches and mentors involving children who have technological tools that allow them to actively participate in games (including physical ones) and quizzes. Thus, making children, at least the older and more competent ones, “autonomous” to experience a moment of leisure and sport offers the possibility also for the parents to have a moment of “relief”. This last is of particular importance especially during the currently difficult times parents are experiencing in which they are subjected to stress, fatigue, and worry. Thus, this is another example of how the professional Inter Milan Football Club contributes with its non-profit social project in creating moments of “relief” for the well-being of the whole family.

In fact, soccer and sports in general are key in promoting the well-being of children and preparing them for the future that will likely be altered once the world recovers from the pandemic; a world that may be different from what children, adolescents, and youth have known as “reality” until a few months ago. Football and sport are games and fun tools that have the power to transmit important values. Inter Campus methodology is designed to achieve the entire development of the child and build their personality by paying attention to the physical, social, cognitive and emotional areas. There are exercises designed by coaches to strengthen weaknesses, to develop self-confidence and to build trust in others. Stronger and more aware children, with the help of the reference adults — on the pitch, at school, at home — are and will be more easily able to face difficulties and adapt to changes with a greater positive attitude.

In accordance with the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO), Inter Campus has recorded a video that complements this article. It demonstrates in simple and pragmatic ways how to provide physical, psychological, and social health support to children and youth by setting good examples for all in mitigating the risks of physical and social inactivity during these months of pandemic and psychological vulnerability.

The video is a powerful message through self-explanatory universal images on how soccer, and in general sport and physical activities, empower children, adolescents and youth, and how children can be messengers for people of all ages on the right behavior to adopt until a treatment or a vaccine for COVID-19 is found.

Yes, this is what a “simple” ball can do!

[1] INEGI 2019
[2] Resiliency Scales for Children & Adolescents – RSCA – by Sandra Prince-Embury. It is a tool to profile personal strengths, as well as vulnerability in teens and children.
[3] American Psychological Association – APA

Source: Dominika Żak on behalf of Inter Campus

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COVID-19 | A conversation with Prashant Yadav

Devex - 25. Juni 2020 - 18:31
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