The Need for Good Governance and Peacebuilding in the Time of COVID-19: Lessons from Northeast Nigeria

Mercy Corps

When strained state-society relations are part of pre-existing conflict dynamics, responses to COVID-19 that fail to incorporate governance and peacebuilding approaches run the risk of undermining their intended disease prevention goals and further exacerbating cycles of violence. This report uses a case study of ongoing dynamics related to governance, conflict, and the pandemic in Northeast Nigeria to identify how donor funding and programs can be oriented to both address the immediate COVID-19 public health crisis and broader governance and peacebuilding goals.

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