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COVID-19 in Latin America

A collection of recommended reading regarding the current situation of COVID-19 in Latin America.

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Domestic Violence under Lockdown

On Wednesday 3 June, Canning House is holding a discussion of the escalation of domestic violence under lockdown with expert speakers, examining how the situation is affecting vulnerable people in Latin America and the UK, and what organisations in the field are doing to support them in these difficult circumstances.

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Update on COVID-19 in Latin America

Canning House present an update on the current situation of COVID-19 in Latin America across economics, politics and health. As the global coronavirus pandemic continues its spread, experts from Corporate Member BancTrust & Co. and UCL offer their insight on the varied policy responses and possible impacts of the virus on markets and health systems in the region.

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Mobility in immobility: Latin American migrants trapped amid COVID-19

Writing for openDemocracy, Marcia Vera Espinoza, Gisela P. Zapata and Luciana Gandini argue that states urgently need to rethink their individual responses to COVID-19 and coordinate a collective approach to include and protect all people living in their territories.

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Marcia Vera Espinoza recently spoke at our event, Migration & Immigration.

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Responding to a pandemic: the view from Latin America

Latin America is being hit by the virus and by a number of adverse economic shocks. How can the region’s democracies preserve both lives and livelihoods? What will be the impact on the region’s already low economic growth and high inequality?

The London School of Economics gathers five former Latin American heads of state to bring their knowledge and experience to bear on these difficult questions.

This event took place on 22 May.

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Pandemic of Violence: Protecting Women during COVID-19

COVID-19 is having a profound impact on Latin American women. Gender-based violence increased drastically after governments imposed lockdowns, leaving policymakers and law enforcement scrambling to prevent attacks. For many women living through the coronavirus pandemic in Latin America, the greater health risk might be staying home. Read this article from the Wilson Centre, and register for their upcoming webcast, "The Impact of COVID-19 on Gender Disparities in Latin America."

This webcast took place on 19 May.

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Please note: The piece linked here and all content within, unless otherwise attributed, is the property of Wilson Centre and should be attributed as such.

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Estrategias de emergencia para la mitigación del impacto de COVID-19 en adultos mayores en América Latina

The University of East Anglia is holding a webinar to discuss emergency strategies for the mitigation of the impact of Covid-19 on older people in Latin America. Please note: this session will be in Spanish/Portuguese. English language materials will be made available shortly after the webinar.

This webinar took place on 22 May.

How COVID-19 rocked Brazil

As cases continue to rise, with the economy in decline and President Bolsanaro's position looking fragile we speak with our guests about how COVID-19 rocked Brazil. We discuss the initial response, the factors that led to the current crisis and look at what might happen next in South America's biggest economy.

This live event hosted by King’s Brazil Institute and King’s College London WORLD: we got this podcast.

This webinar will take place on 28 May.

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COVID-19 in the Americas - A Roundtable Discussion

The COVID crisis in the US has raised questions about presidential leadership and the federal system. What will the role of the United States be in the post-pandemic world? What factors explain why different countries in the Americas have adopted such different responses to the COVID-19 pandemic? Will the COVID-19 epidemic bring an end to globalisation? UCL Americas are hoping these and other pressing issues will become clearer over this roundtable discussion.

This webinar will take place on 3 June.

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Covid-19 in Latin America

Latin America Bureau and Emily Gregg provide a comprehensive overview of the incidence of COVID-19 in Latin America, and responses of the region's governments thus far.

This highly detailed report is recommended reading for anyone looking for an update on the current circumstances in Latin America.

Updated 4 May.

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Please note: The piece linked here and all content within, unless otherwise attributed, are the joint property of Latin America Bureau and Emily Gregg and should be attributed as such.

COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Urban Dimensions

All over the world, COVID-19 has impacted heavily on social infrastructure, but what happens in places where this kind of infrastructure was already weak or absent? Dr Matthew Richmond from the LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre explores the urban dimensions of the current health emergency in Latin America, with a special focus on favelas and urban peripheries in Brazil.

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Please note: The piece linked here and all content within, unless otherwise attributed, is the property of the LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre and should be attributed as such.

Where is Latin America and the Caribbean on the COVID-19 Curve?

As the first wave of COVID-19 infections advances across the globe, more data becomes available that can help us better understand where we are, how we arrived here, and what may be on the horizon. This blog post from the Inter-American Development Bank explores what widely available data can tell us about how the much-cited curve of infections has progressed in different regions, and where Latin American and Caribbean countries stand as some plan to gradually reopen their locked-down economies.

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Please note: The piece linked here and all content within, unless otherwise attributed, is the property of the Inter-American Development Bank and should be attributed as such.

COVID-19: Facing the emerging internal risk to your organisation

Join Control Risks’ experts from across the globe for the next instalment of their webinar series on how to navigate your business through COVID-19 and recover stronger.

The third webinar in the series will consider how your people and their individual behaviours are at the core of the balance between risk and opportunity during a crisis such as COVID-19.

In this session they will assess this complex issue and the actions organisations need to consider when it comes to potential internal risks including:

  • The effect of COVID-19 and an economic downturn on internal risks to your organisation
  • The '3 factors' or 'fraud triangle' and how to spot them
  • Why organisations need to get this right
  • Strategies to mitigate the risk and build resilience

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COVID-19 to cause biggest economic contraction ever in Latin America & Caribbean

The COVID-19 pandemic will herald the worst economic contraction in the history of Latin American and the Caribbean, with a projected -5.3 per cent drop in activity this year, according to a report by the United Nations office for the region, ECLAC.

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Please note: The piece linked here and all content within, unless otherwise attributed, is the property of the United Nations and UN News and should be attributed as such.

How Latin America can confront COVID-19 - tips from former world leaders

From the World Economic Forum: Four former leaders of Central and South American Countries have warned about the devastating effects coronavirus could have on the region. They urge administrations in the Latin America and Caribbean region to respond efficiently and effectively. Failure to do so, could result in one of the most tragic episodes in the region's history, they say.

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Please note: The piece linked here and all content within, unless otherwise attributed, is the property of the World Economic Forum and should be attributed as such.

What Role for China in LAC’s Covid-19 Recovery?

The Latin American region’s recovery prospects are uniquely tied to China’s. According to JP Morgan estimates, every one percentage point decline in Chinese growth takes about one half of a percent off of global growth. But for Latin America that correlation is 1:1—a one percentage point decline in China’s own growth results in a one percentage point decline for the Latin American region. Watch this webinar from The Dialogue, featuring Joyce Chang, Oliver Stuenkel, and moderator Margaret Myers to find out all about this topic.

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Please note: The piece linked here and all content within, unless otherwise attributed, is the property of The Dialogue and should be attributed as such.

10 lines of action and 20 measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in informal settlements

The Inter-American Development Bank offer ten lines of action and twenty concrete measures for taking action to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in informal settlements, ordered according to two stages: emergency and recovery. In the first place, emergency management allows contagion to be controlled so that the cost in terms of the quality of life of informal city residents are as low as possible. Subsequently, recovery measures are aimed at the many people who will be in situations of economic vulnerability as a result of isolation and the social costs of losing family members.

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Please note: The piece linked here and all content within, unless otherwise attributed, is the property of the Inter-American Development Bank and should be attributed as such.

Covid-19 spike hits at peak soy export season

The Chinese government tries to calm food security fears, while Brazil and Argentina work to guarantee functioning logistics chains, writes Marina Lang for Diálogo Chino.

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Argentina halts renewables rollout amid coronavirus

For Diálogo Chino, Fermín Coop writes that quarantine and a weak economic outlook have delayed construction and commissioning of wind and solar parks, which may not recover after lockdown lifts.

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Practical Guide to Inclusive Rights-Focused Responses to COVID-19 in the Americas

The Organisation of American States has launched its Practical Guide of Inclusive Rights-Focused Responses to COVID-19 in the Americas. The guide seeks to support OAS member states in responding to the pandemic, offering them a series of tools to consider responses that take into account the particular circumstances of groups in a situation of vulnerability.

Leer la guía en español

The guide will be available in English soon.

Please note: The piece linked here and all content within, unless otherwise attributed, is the property of the Organisation of American States and should be attributed as such.

Coronavirus Tax Measures in Latin America

Tax measures and amendments in response to coronavirus vary by county, so to assist their clients with presence in Latin America in these difficult times, Baker McKenzie have prepared this summary with the most relevant changes to tax regulations related to COVID-19. This guide provides an overview for the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.

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Please note: The piece linked here and all content within, unless otherwise attributed, are the property of Baker McKenzie and should be attributed as such.

Venezuela amid Coronavirus

Canning House Associate Fellow and IHS Markit Principal Analyst Diego Moya-Ocampos offers his insights on the potential impact of COVID-19 in Venezuela, highlighting concerns regarding widespread looting and the country's ill-prepared health systems.

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Coronavirus takes toll on Latin American economies

For Diálogo Chino, Alejandra Cuéllar, Fermín Koop, Manuela Andreoni and Andrés Bermúdez Liévano offer their insight on the impact of COVID-19 on Latin America's economies - writing that Chile, Peru and Brazil will be worst affected by falling Chinese demand during coronavirus outbreak as growth forecasts dip.

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Please note: The piece linked here and all content within, unless otherwise attributed, are the joint property of Diálogo Chino and the above authors and should be attributed as such.

Indigenous people are most vulnerable to the spread of coronavirus in Latin America

Writing for Diálogo Chino, Yvette Sierra Praeli highlights the high-risk situation for Latin America's indigenous people in the face of the coronavirus due to malnutrition, disease and poor health services.

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Please note: The piece linked here and all content within, unless otherwise attributed, are the joint property of Diálogo Chino and Yvette Sierra Praeli and should be attributed as such.

Mosquitoes and COVID-19 are a ticking time bomb for Latin America

For LSE's Latin America and Caribbean blog, Clare Wenham, Gabriela Lotta and Denise Pimenta write on Latin America’s coronavirus outbreak against the backdrop of already rampant arboviruses like dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, and Zika. Global guidelines on tackling COVID-19 fail to take into account local specificities, underplaying especially the social risk factors underlying this “syndemic”. With the Brazilian health system in particular danger of being overwhelmed, the vital work of community health workers must be protected at all costs.

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Please note: The piece linked here and all content within, unless otherwise attributed, are the joint property of LSE Blogs and the above authors and should be attributed as such.

COVID-19 poses a critical challenge to Latin America

According to the analysis of Oxford Analytica, in Latin America the coronavirus will have widespread social, economic and political impacts with which authorities will struggle. Click below to their latest data and summary of the regional situation.

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Please note: The piece linked here and all content within, unless otherwise attributed, are the property of Oxford Analytica and should be attributed as such.

Latin America and the outbreak of COVID-19: a chronicle of multiple crises

Writing for Eurodad, María José Romero, Jasmine Gideon, Patricia Miranda and Verónica Serafini analyse how the outbreak of COVID-19 is affecting Latin American countries with two articles. The first explores the nature of the region's health system, while the second looks at the likelihood of an economic crisis and potential impacts on the most vulnerable people.

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Please note: The piece linked here and all content within, unless otherwise attributed, are the joint property of Eurodad and the above authors and should be attributed as such.

COVID-19 Data Privacy & Security Survey

The Baker McKenzie network of data privacy and security experts is pleased to provide you with this guide designed to assist employers assess whether or not certain data processing they may consider in light of COVID-19 is compliant with data privacy regulation. This report contains guidance on Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

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Please note: The piece linked here and all content within, unless otherwise attributed, are the property of Baker McKenzie and should be attributed as such.

COVID-19 Global Employer Guide

To navigate the most-pressing issues facing multinational employers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Baker McKenzie's COVID-19 Global Employer Guide offers jurisdiction-specific guidance across 41 countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.

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Please note: The piece linked here and all content within, unless otherwise attributed, are the property of Baker McKenzie and should be attributed as such.

Latin America, China and Coronavirus

For LatAm INVESTOR, Luis Felipe López-Calva, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, examines how Covid-19 will impact the economic relationship between China and Latin America.

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Coronavirus in Latin America

LatAm INVESTOR provide an update on current approaches and the economic outlooks of Latin American countries in the rapidly-changing circumstances of COVID-19.

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