Discussion

Preparing democracies for pandemics

Emerging questions in view of COVID-19

This debate is part of a joint research project on “Health and Democracy” by the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva), the Council on Foreign Relations (Washington) and the Geneva Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

Details

Research has demonstrated the success of democracies confronting many health challenges, compared to other forms of government: Various studies show a link between democracy and lower child mortality, longer adult life expectancy and reduced mortality i.a. from cardiovascular diseases. However, the performance of democracies in responding to the coronavirus pandemic so far has been mixed. Many countries with the highest cumulative cases of COVID-19 are in fact democracies. Some democracies have been considered as exemplary in the handling of the crisis, while others have struggled to respond appropriately to the pandemic. This webinar will provide the opportunity to discuss which elements best explain the underperformance of many democracies in the coronavirus pandemic and which measures must be taken to make political systems more “pandemic proof”.

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Program

Introduction

Olaf Wientzek

Director Multilateral Dialogue Konrad Adenauer Foundation Geneva

Contributions

Ilona Kickbusch

Founder and Chair

Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

 

Thomas J. Bollyky

Director

Global Health Programme, Council on Foreign Relations, Washington D.C.

 

Jennifer Prah Ruger

Amartya Sen Professor

Health equity, Economics and Policy, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice

 

Senait Fisseha

Chief Adviser to the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

 

Discussion

Moderated by:

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Stéphane Bussard

Journalist, Le Temps

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Venue

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Speakers

  • Ilona Kickbusch
    • Founder and Chair Global Health Centre
    • Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
    • Geneva
  • Thomas J. Bollyky
    • Director Global Health Programme Council on Foreign Relations
    • Washington D.C.
  • Jennifer Prah Ruger
    • Amartya Sen Professor Health equity
    • Economics and Policy
    • University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice
  • Senait Fisseha
    • Chief Adviser to the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO)
    • Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Contact

Dr. Olaf Wientzek

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Director of the Multilateral Dialogue Geneva

olaf.wientzek@kas.de +41 22 748 70 70