Concern Worldwide Webinar Series - COVID-19: A Game-Changer for Humanitarian Action

Posted on 20 May 2020

The fallout from COVID-19 will have major implications for programmes designed to support the extreme poor. In an expected global recession, there will be increased pressure on donor funding, and increased levels of need. While efforts are currently concentrated on the immediate response to the virus, the longer-term impact of response measures on the extreme poor must be considered now to best manage the devastating effects of the pandemic in the coming months.

In this series of webinars, Concern will examine the impact of COVID-19 and the associated global response on fragile states from three angles: hunger; poverty and conflict. Bringing together policy makers, academics and humanitarian practitioners, these discussions will examine why investment and action is needed now to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on those ‘furthest behind’.

WEBINAR details

26 May 11am COVID-19 and Hunger

Examining the impact of COVID-19 on food and nutrition security in fragile states, and action required now and in the future.


Tom Arnold, Chair of the EU Task Force on Rural Africa, and Chair of Ireland's Agri-Food 2030 Committee


Amina Abdulla, Country Director, Concern Worldwide Kenya

Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director GAIN: Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

Aidan Fitzpatrick, Deputy Director, Policy Unit, Development Co-operation and Africa Division, Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland

Emanuela-Chiara Gillard , Senior Research Fellow , Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict

2 June 2pm COVID-19: Reaching the furthest behind

The challenge of securing funding and adequate resources to protect the livelihoods of the poorest in the worst recession in history.


Annalies Borrel, UNICEF Geneva


Colin Andrews, Senior Economist at the Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice, World Bank

Rachel Scott, Partnership and Policy, Crisis and Fragility, UNDP Geneva

Eileen Morrow, Country Director, Concern Worldwide Ethiopia

Hugo Slim, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law & Armed Conflict

9 June 2pm COVID-19 and Conflict

Containing a pandemic in fragile and conflict-affected states: the importance of peace


Dr. Caitriona Dowd, Assistant Professor in Security Studies, Dublin City University


Dr. Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation,

Abdi Rashid Haji Nur, Country Director, Concern Worldwide Somalia

Jenny McAvoy, Director of Protection, Humanitarian Policy & Practice Team, InterAction

Patrick Haughey, Humanitarian Director, Irish Aid

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