ISS engagement with The Hague organizations during COVID-19

'ISS engagement with The Hague organizations during COVID-19: Lessons learned from local and international solidarity.'

It is clear the COVID-199 crisis has had serious implications, but it also has fostered a refocus on the implications this has for solidarity between ISS and local organizations in The Hague.

The crisis also meant that the planned EADI-ISS conference for July 2020 on 'Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice' (in which these links were going to be discussed) had to been postponed to next Summer (5-8 July 2021). To bridge the gap to next year, a set of research workshops was planned to explore issues of international as well as local solidarity practices.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, these workshops have now been converted into a series of storytelling webinars. The aim is to explore various experiences of solidarity during the covid-19 pandemic, ranging from practices of international solidarity in a variety of countries in the Global South, to community solidarity in The Hague.

The aim is to explore various experiences of solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic

Researchers

Kees BiekartSushrutha Vemuri

Storytelling seminars

This project has held two webinars, the first one on Thursday 1 October 2020 in collaboration with Hivos and Oxfam Novib. It focused on many inspiring practices of international solidarity in Asia and Africa. Participants explained how people took initiatives to support their local community or social movement, especially oriented at health and safety, thus illustrating how solidarity plays out during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday 25 November 2020 the second webinar was held in collaboration with Initiatives of Change, Quartair, Theatre of wrong decisions and the municipality of The Hague. This time it focused on inspiring practices of local solidarity taking place in The Hague. Storytellers shared the ways in which their individual and collective action has led to community support and solidarity