Coronavirus and the Global South

Large parts of Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East are being very seriously affected by the disease, and the states of the Global South are showing a wide variation in their reactions. Learn more how the GIGA contributes to addressing the worldwide repercussions of the pandemic.


  • Policy paper | 11/2021

    Why a Narrative of the #PandemicOfTheUnvaccinated Risks Prolonging the Pandemic

    Prof. Amrita Narlikar and Dr. Cecilia Sottilotta discuss in this paper the responsibility of unvaccinated people for the sudden rise in COVID-19 cases in Europe. This article was first published as an ORF Policy Paper.

    Cecilia Emma Sottilotta

    Visiting Fellow

    GIGA Focus Global | 8/2021

    Sustaining Civic Space in Times of COVID-19: Global Trends

    Autocracies worldwide have exploited COVID-19 to curtail civil liberties. However, the health crisis and related socio-economic setbacks have also created needs-induced space, leading to a rise of civil society relief activism and protests. Read more in this GIGA Focus Global.

    GIGA Focus Lateinamerika | 5/2021

    COVID-19 in Latin America: Where We Stand and What Is to Come

    The authors of this GIGA Focus analyse the current COVID-19 situation in Latin America and the challenges facing the countries. Texto completo disponible en español.

    Prof. Dr. Jan Felix Drexler

    Prof. Dr. Bert Hoffmann

    Lead Research Fellow / Head GIGA Berlin Office Editor GIGA Focus Latin America

    GIGA Focus Global | 6/2021

    The Shadow Pandemic: Policy Efforts on Gender-Based Violence during COVID-19 in the Global South

    With the pandemic, the risk of violence against women and children, especially within the home, increased further as people sheltered at home at the same time that they faced great financial and emotional stress. The authors of this GIGA Focus assess government efforts to address and treat gender-based violence.

    GIGA Forum | 20/10/2021

    The Shadow Pandemic: Policy Efforts Addressing Gender-Based Violence During COVID-19

    In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic the risk of gender-based violence, especially within the home, has increased and Governments around the world are addressing this problem differently. In this GIGA Forum/GIGA Talk, experts discussed the effect of related government responses and offer policy recommendations. Video of event now online.

    GIGA Working Papers | 09/2021

    One Year After: Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Increased Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa?

    In the spring of 2020, observers and practitioners warned that COVID-19 would increase violence in sub-Saharan Africa through an economic shock that would lead to distributional conflict and state repression – and violence did indeed increase in 2020. An analysis by Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau and Mora Deitch.

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

    Director of the GIGA Institute for African Affairs / Editor GIGA Focus Africa

    Mora Deitch

    Research Fellow

    Online-Roundtable | 09/04/2021

    COVID-19, Year Two: Consequences and Challenges for Latin America

    This roundtable brings together experts with different perspectives on the current conjuncture and socio-political implications for the medium term in the region. Video of the event available.

    Research Project | 15/01/2022 - 14/12/2024

    COVID-19 and Executive Personalization in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and the MENA Region

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, political leaders reacted by containment measures that, next to combating the spread of the pandemic, also presented a window of opportunity to bolster executives’ personal grasp on power. Personalization of power has been particularly worrying in the Global South where constraints on the chief executives were often already weak prior to the pandemic. This project assesses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the personalization of executive power in 36 countries of the Global South.
    DFG, 2021-2024


    Research Project | 01/10/2021 - 01/10/2022

    COVID-19 in Latin America: The Role of Social Protections for Households with Children

    This project analyzes the socio-economic fall-out of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the intervening role of social protections, on families with children in eight Latin American countries. The region, with high levels of inequality, labor informality, and urbanization, has been particularly hard hit by both pandemic deaths and economic effects. The social protection responses, however, have varied dramatically, from a massive emergency assistance plan in Brazil to virtually no additional cash transfer aid in Mexico.
    DFG, 2021-2022

    Prof. Dr. Merike Blofield

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies

    Research Project | 01/10/2021 - 15/04/2022

    Investigating Supply & Demand Side Factors of a Massive Covid-19 Vaccination Drive: Experimental Evidence from Indonesia

    Indonesia is fighting one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Asia. On January 13, 2021, the country started one of the world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccination drives. The plan is to inoculate 181.5 million people – two third of the population – in 15 months using primarily the CoronaVac from China’s Sinovac Biotech. The vaccination campaign is ambitious and its success hinges on a number of supply and demand side factors which are subject to investigation in this project.
    DFG, 2021-2022

    Dr. Jan Priebe

    Research Fellow / Speaker Research Team

    Research Project | 01/03/2021 - 30/09/2022

    Corona Conflicts? Analysing Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Violent Conflict in Africa

    At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, decision-makers warned that the pandemic might lead to more violent conflict in fragile states, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. This project engages in a mixed-methods approach to study related relationships.
    Volkswagen Foundation, 2021-2022

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

    Director of the GIGA Institute for African Affairs / Editor GIGA Focus Africa

    Mora Deitch

    Research Fellow

    Policy paper | 11/2021

    Why a Narrative of the #PandemicOfTheUnvaccinated Risks Prolonging the Pandemic

    Prof. Amrita Narlikar and Dr. Cecilia Sottilotta discuss in this paper the responsibility of unvaccinated people for the sudden rise in COVID-19 cases in Europe. This article was republished in Global Policy Opinion.

    Cecilia Emma Sottilotta

    Visiting Fellow

    GIGA Focus Lateinamerika | 5/2021

    COVID-19 in Latin America: Where We Stand and What Is to Come

    The authors of this GIGA Focus analyse the current COVID-19 situation in Latin America and the challenges facing the countries. Texto completo disponible en español.

    Prof. Dr. Jan Felix Drexler

    Prof. Dr. Bert Hoffmann

    Lead Research Fellow / Head GIGA Berlin Office Editor GIGA Focus Latin America

    GIGA Focus Global | 6/2021

    The Shadow Pandemic: Policy Efforts on Gender-Based Violence during COVID-19 in the Global South

    With the pandemic, the risk of violence against women and children, especially within the home, increased further as people sheltered at home at the same time that they faced great financial and emotional stress. The authors of this GIGA Focus assess government efforts to address and treat gender-based violence.

    GIGA Working Papers | 09/2021

    One Year After: Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Increased Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa?

    In the spring of 2020, observers and practitioners warned that COVID-19 would increase violence in sub-Saharan Africa through an economic shock that would lead to distributional conflict and state repression – and violence did indeed increase in 2020. An analysis by Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau and Mora Deitch.

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

    Director of the GIGA Institute for African Affairs / Editor GIGA Focus Africa

    Mora Deitch

    Research Fellow

    GIGA Forum | 20/10/2021

    The Shadow Pandemic: Policy Efforts Addressing Gender-Based Violence During COVID-19

    In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic the risk of gender-based violence, especially within the home, has increased and Governments around the world are addressing this problem differently. In this GIGA Forum/GIGA Talk, experts discussed the effect of related government responses and offer policy recommendations. Video of event now online.

    Online-Roundtable | 09/04/2021

    COVID-19, Year Two: Consequences and Challenges for Latin America

    This roundtable brings together experts with different perspectives on the current conjuncture and socio-political implications for the medium term in the region. Video of the event available.

    Cooperation Event | 15/12/2020

    Preserving Social Cohesion in the COVID-19 Crisis: An Agenda for the EU-LAC Partnership

    At this side event to the EU-LAC Foreign Ministers Meeting, academics and policymakers will discuss how newly created or expanded social protection measures can be made sustainable, what additional measures are needed, and what an agenda of cooperation for social cohesion between Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean might look like.

    Deutschland.de | Mention | 12/08/2021

    Together against pandemics New GLACIER research centre connects scientists from Germany and Latin America

    Prof. Dr. Bert Hoffmann

    Lead Research Fellow / Head GIGA Berlin Office Editor GIGA Focus Latin America

    Deutsche Welle | Quote | 09/08/2021

    Authoritarian states obscuring COVID death tolls, study shows

    Dr. Maria Josua

    Research Fellow / Speaker Research Team

    Deutsche Welle | Interview | 02/08/2021

    COVID-19 Special: Latin America

    Prof. Dr. Merike Blofield

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies

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