Learning in Governance in times of COVID-19

Why did the West not learn from the examples of good governance in Kerala and East Asia? What are local and national administrations learning from this pandemic in terms of the governance of migrants and the urban poor?
In this end-of-Trinity edition of the COVID Talks, we will have a special panel composed by former UN Assistant Secretary-General Jomo Kwame Sundaram, social policy researcher Mukta Naik, and MPP student Isabela Blumm. They will present on the varied experiences in COVID governance of Western nations, India, and Brazil and discuss how governments and relevant social actors are changing and adapting due to the challenges of COVID-19.

Read their articles on the “Coronavirus and Mobility” Forum and IPS News: – “Kerala Covid-19 Response Model for Emulation” by Jomo Kwame Sundaram
www.ipsnews.net/2020/04/kerala-covid-19-response-model-emulation – “Firefighting the pandemic is inadvertently teaching India how to govern migration” by Mukta Naik

About the speakers:
Jomo “KS” Kwame Sundaram is an economist expert in the political economy of development, especially in South-East Asia. A prominent academic, Jomo has sat in advisory boards of numerous institutions and he has served as the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) during 2005–2012, and then as Assistant Director-General and Coordinator for Economic and Social Development at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome during 2012–2015. His extensive work analyses the multifaceted implications of systemic changes such as globalisation and liberalisation.

Mukta Naik is an architect and urban planner. As a fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, India, her research interests include housing and urban poverty, urban informality, and internal migration, as well as urban transformations in small cities. She focuses on understanding the links between internal migration and urbanisation in the Indian context. She has also worked with microHome Solutions (mHS Mumbai) and NGOs in community development initiatives and in projects aimed at improving housing in informal settlements.

Isabela is a student in the Master of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Born and raised in Brasília, Brazil, she has more than 9 years of experience in the country’s public sector. First trained in Sociology at the University of Brasília, she became a career civil servant as a social policy analyst in 2013. Her main experience is at the Ministry of Health, managing health policies especially for vulnerable populations. She specialized in Health Evaluation in 2015 at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), a leading institution of science and public health in Latin America. Her interests involve innovation and project management in the public sector.