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[Webinar] Global Health, Human Rights, and Development in the Era of COVID-19

When: Tuesday, April 28, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Dylan Peterson   (847) 467-2770

Group: Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


This Webinar took place on April 28, 2020. You can find a recording and a recap of key takeways here


Government restrictions on movement and economic activities in response to COVID-19 have disrupted many small businesses, especially those of already vulnerable populations, like the displaced Syrian and Iraqi communities in Lebanon and neighboring countries. How does the pandemic exacerbate existing challenges for marginalized communities and create new ones? How can businesses around the world adapt and restart once economic activities resume? What are the prospects for a return to financial self-sufficiency? Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law professor Juliet Sorensen and Near East Foundation (NEF) President Dr. Charles Benjamin will address these questions and more, drawing on a recent NEF assessment of the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on livelihoods and lessons learned from community-based efforts to adapt.

The Near East Foundation helps build more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive communities in the Middle East and Africa through education, community organizing, and economic development. The Northwestern Access to Health Project is a global, community-based partnership at the intersection of health, human rights and development that has worked with the Near East Foundation in Lebanon, Mali and Sudan

This webinar will be available through WebEx at this link.  Please use passcode 1234 to access. The talk will begin at 12 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, April 28.

This is part of the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs’ Confronting COVID-19: Global Implications and Futures webinar series.

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