Due to the Corona pandemic, many KAAD network events have been cancelled both in Germany and worldwide. Many of us have been affected and still bear the impact of national “lockdowns” or “confinements”. What this means for the societies of countries in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia is much less covered in the international media than it is the case with Western European countries and the USA. But it is not only in the countries with huge numbers of infected and dead people that the economy and society are massively impaired. We want to find out from scholars and alumni from different countries and regions of the world in which way this global crisis influences your everyday life, your society and your economy.

The Alumni of the KAAD partner country Uganda came up with the idea and started a “Call for Contributions”. The chairlady of KASEA Uganda then received contributions which we publish first here on the KAAD webpage.

“Where are we when we don’t have problems? A COVID 19 call to build stronger relationships.
By Dr. Catherine Promise Biira, KASEA Uganda

“COVID 19 containment measures have exposed the veracity of our international alliances, the efficacy of our domestic social security systems and our capabilities for self –reliance. Initially, around the globe, states responded to the pandemic with a knee jerk nationalistic ‘every state for itself’ approach but soon realized that transnational linkages could not just be cut off like a baby’s umbilical cord. (…)”  Read more

COVID 19: Lessons for International Development Cooperation
By: John Kasiita Ssemulema – KASEA Uganda

“The role played by international development cooperation through the various international, bilateral and Non-Governmental Organizations in promoting global diplomacy, trade, health, technology and skills transfer cannot be overemphasized. I am working as Technical Advisor-Climate Changefor the German Development Cooperation (giz). As the world grapples with the devastating impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic, it would be hard to imagine a full recovery of many economies without the intervention of development cooperation agencies. (…)” Read more

Further contributions from Uganda

Caroline Owashaba: COVID-19 and domestic violence against women and girls

“With 90 countries in lockdown, four billion people are now sheltering at home from the global contagion of COVID-19. It’s a protective measure, but it brings another deadly danger. We see a shadow pandemic growing, of violence against women and girls. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold human suffering and is likely to heighten gender-based inequalities around the world. (…)”  Read more

Grace Atuhaire: The impact of COVID-19 on International Students

“The reality of COVID-19 to African students living away from home has given a common nostalgic feeling of a desire for a strong sense of community, questioning the role of our embassies and if such an African diaspora community exists or if it does, where is it? (…)”  Read more

Dr. Monica Kansiime: My Experience of COVID-19 Measures and My Coping Measures

“The COVID-19 virus first appeared in the Hubei province of China in December 2019, and by then the realities of it almost looked far off for most of us. Despite its late arrival, the virus rapidly spread across Africa, the news of which were have been received with mixed feelings and perceptions. (…)”  Read more