The COVID-19 pandemic has brought along with it massive challenges related to health response, socio-economic impacts, and information sharing, and communities in conflict face additional hurdles in maintaining stability during this period. To mitigate the mutual influence of conflict dynamics and COVID-19 response, Search for Common Ground (Search) has partnered with the European Union to produce research on a quarterly basis addressing key themes faced across six conflict-affected countries, namely Kenya, Nigeria, Palestine, Tanzania, Uganda, and Yemen. Each report includes concrete recommendations for maintaining the credibility of pandemic response efforts, minimising the negative effects of the pandemic on conflict dynamics, and identifying opportunities for collaboration.
This third thematic report is an attempt to analyse the gendered effects of the pandemic, particularly as they relate to our ongoing research in each country. This research collects quantitative data on a quarterly basis to identify trends and shifts in levels of social cohesion throughout and in relation to the pandemic. Search collects data through quarterly surveys administered across target areas in each country and disaggregate the data in a variety of ways. The report builds on insights from Search’s Quarterly Conflict Scan Reports and two previous thematic reports. Data for round 3 of our quarterly reports was collected between May and July 2021 (depending on the country).