COVID-19: engaging the most vulnerable

Babacan, Hurriyet, and Gopalkrishnan, Narayan (2021) COVID-19: engaging the most vulnerable. ASEAN Journal of Community Engagement, 5 (1).

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had large-scale global effects across all segments of society, affecting large and diverse population cohorts in many ways. COVID-19 is not just a global health emergency but also a health-driven socioeconomic disaster. The prevalence of socioeconomic stressors that existed prior to the pandemic is exacerbated by the effects of the pandemic. The effects of COVID-19 vary across communities and are disproportionate on vulnerable groups. People with the least resources are most affected and are least able to recover. Contemporary thinking on development focuses on “bottom-up” approaches and “top-down” critique development. A key dimension of inclusiveness is about giving voice and power to excluded and vulnerable groups in development and recovery processes. Participation is a key ingredient in inclusive forms of development; it enables voice, representation, and capacity building to allow communities to address key societal challenges in line with their aspirations. This chapter argues that wide-scale community involvement is required for a sustainable recovery and resilience from COVID-19. It explores the benefits of participation in building long-term resilience and adaptive capacity. Participation is identified as a mechanism to enable ways to address power relations for vulnerable groups in COVID-19 recovery and curb the further deepening of global inequality.

Item ID: 69733
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2580-9563
Keywords: Community Engagement, COVID-19, Pandemic, Inclusive Development
Copyright Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 License. This Research Article is brought to you for free and open access by the Universitas Indonesia at ASEAN Journal of Community Engagement. It has been accepted for inclusion in ASEAN Journal of Community Engagement.
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2021 04:30
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441012 Sociology of inequalities @ 40%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4404 Development studies > 440405 Poverty, inclusivity and wellbeing @ 60%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2002 Evaluation of health and support services > 200204 Health inequalities @ 100%
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