Charity So White’s work on racism in the UK charity sector argues that racial justice must be at the heart of the sector’s response to the pandemic. This paper argues that organisations must ensure Covid-19 recovery plans centre Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and lays out guiding principles for how to do so. They include resources, notes on the appropriate language to use, and direct prompts for decision-making for funders, national charities and other organisations to ensure coordinated action towards an equitable response to Covid-19. #equalaccess
“It is not because of a lack of data or a lack of understanding, it is because systemic racism across our institutions and society has led to a reluctance to act.”
This blog post notes that while the Covid-19 pandemic poses a threat to people everywhere, its effects will be felt disproportionately by some groups. Lessons from previous pandemics highlight the importance of adopting a 'whole-of-society' approach with solutions coming from all different sectors. #equitableresponse
"Unless we take a socially equitable approach to this crisis — one that is concerned with social justice, community development, equity, human rights, and cultural sensitivities — we cannot mitigate the horrendous effects the virus will have on these vulnerable communities."
Martins emphasises the potential of Covid-19 to amplify existing inequities in the international development system, in two particular dimensions: 1) whose voices are listened to and valued, and 2) who is funded (before and since Covid-19). She poses the question, what if the international development system were to intrinsically value the resources, assets, and knowledge that have always existed in the global South? #voice #funding
"Equity in this context refers to a rebalancing of the power dynamic between the global South and North through reformed policies, a fairer distribution of global resources, and the creation of more equitable partnerships."