In fall of last year, the University of Bergen in Norway, in cooperation with the International Science Council, established a research network to understand and address global inequalities. This program is grounded in an understanding of the SDGs that we explored in our module on the United Nations. As it turns out, they are well-positioned to explore the way that inequalities are exacerbated across regions. See the list of interviews and regions covered at https://gripinequality.org/tag/covid-19/ (Links to an external site.), and chose four interviews to read/view.
Each expert interview is prefaced in the same way: “We are already seeing how the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are unevenly distributed depending on where you live, your job situation, age, class position, gender, ethnicity, the availability of health services, and a range of other factors. In this series, we provide short interviews with scholars and relevant organisations that share their insights and views on how the pandemic might exacerbate or alter existing inequalities across six key dimensions: social, economic, cultural, knowledge, environmental, and political inequalities.”
After you read/view the four interviews, in the discussion/quiz below please tell us where the most promising policies might be along one dimension (4 points). Be sure to indicate which region/s you explored (1 point), and specify which of the six dimensions you are referencing (1 point).
Note that some interviews labeled as ‘global’ do have a regional/country focus. For examining specific regions, this list may help:
- Sub-Saharan Africa: 9, 16, 21 (and 12 on South Africa)
- South Asia: 2, 11, (and 3, 11 on India)
- Middle East: 5 (and 4 on Palestine)
- Europe: 6
- Latin America: 7, 8 (and 18, 20 on Brazil)
- Pacific Ocean: 17
- Really global: 1, 13, 15, 19