Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Insightful Quotes
"The UN security council needed one day to call Ebola a global threat for peace, with COVID-19 it took them 5 months. Many state leaders are occupied with domestic problems and less interested in multilateral cooperation."
Insightful Quotes
"At the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, there was this idea that we are all in this together. But moving on, the crisis became local again. The international community didn’t deal with the emergency on a global level. We failed to address the structural issues."
Virtual Session 7

COVID-19 and Local Peacebuilding – Working on Peace and Development in Challenging Times

While the COVID-19 pandemic is not a cause of violence, it acts as a driver and accelerator of conflict and as an obstacle to peace. In numerous country contexts, the pandemic 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. International actors are called upon to stand by their local partners and to provide targeted support for the promotion of peace and sustainable development.

Main Questions
  • What are the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic on peace, conflict and (human) security in countries affected by violent conflict, poverty, and fragility?

  • How do national and international response measures affect efforts for peace and social resilience in different country contexts and what should/ can be done to keep peacebuilding on the agenda?

  • How to apply a ‘peacebuilding lens’ on Covid-19 response measures? How to engage in order to reverse negative developments caused by the Covid-19 crisis and political response measures?

Key Theses, Thoughts and Ideas

COVID-19 is a poly-crisis with direct and indirect impacts on peace and security. They are mutually reinforcing and act as a catalyst for state fragility.

In many cases, political response and security measures become an additional challenge: Fighting the pandemic serves as an excuse for discrimination and oppression, and peacebuilding is considered as a “luxury” in times of economic hardship.

The dynamics of relationships have been affected, both at national and international level: Internationally, state cooperation on peace and security is becoming more challenging due to protectionist tendencies (less multilateral cooperation). At national level, there is less trust in the government and less accountability.

In some countries, a shift in donor priorities left funding gaps for stabilisation and peacebuilding. National actors reclaim these shortfalls as a serious risk for sustainability and call for continuous commitment.


Dr Sophie Eisentraut
Munich Security Conference (MSC), Germany
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Elias Sadkni
House of Peace, Lebanon
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Markus A. Kirchschlager
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany
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Rehema Mussanzi
Centre Résolution Conflits (CRC), DR Congo
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Tanja Kasten
Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt)
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