Listen to the full audio recording of the webinar on ‘Socio-Economic Impact of COVID-19: Insights from the Field, Emerging Concerns and Way Forward’ co-organised by the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai; UNICEF, Maharashtra and CPR.
At a time when we are inundated with expert commentaries and discussions about immediate impacts and future scenarios, the voices of those on the ground have been less audible. This webinar focused on filling this gap, by offering a platform to NGOs, CSOs, activists and development organisations who are directly in touch with rural and urban communities impacted at this time.
Designed primarily as a platform for knowledge sharing, the webinar had 15 speakers and 85 listeners tuned in. Short, succinct presentations and Q&A slots covered an array of topics in a 2-hour window.
Our first session offered rich insights into how panchayats are stepping up to the new challenges that have emerged, like ensuring food supplies and housing returning and transit migrants, despite inadequate resources and training. In the second session, we heard from activists and helpline operators about the specific challenges that women and children are facing. The third session highlighted the hardships faced by informal workers, especially migrants, during this time and what are their expectations going forward.
Watch out for upcoming webinars from us that similarly seek to generate awareness about on-ground responses to the COVID-19 crisis.
A summary report of the webinar can be accessed here.