Clearer than ever, the COVID-19 crisis has shown that peace and development are closely linked. While the pandemic as such is not a cause of violence, it appears to act as a driver and accelerator of conflict and as an obstacle to peace. In numerous country contexts, the COVID-19 crisis adds new layers of conflict and risks to an already tense situation, while local peacebuilders and human rights defenders are facing serious challenges and threads.
For German development cooperation, the implications of this situation are most noticeable for local partners and project activities at country-level. Taking up voices and perspectives from local partners and peace- and development actors in different regions and country contexts, the session aims to reflect on the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis for peacebuilding and sustainable development and on how international actors can offer targeted support for local peace work in times of the pandemic.