Watch this webinar with Divine Fuh from the University of Cape Town and Ottar Mæstad from CMI discussing COVID-19 and inequality in conversation with GRIP.
Bergen Global arranged this webinar on global inequality and COVID-19 on the 8 May 2020.
In what manner is the economic downturn likely to affect inequalities both within and between countries? How does the pandemic reveal underlying political and economic drivers of inequality? What might a holistic and equitable response to the outbreak look like? Divine Fuh, Director of the Institute for Humanities Africa at University of Cape Town and Ottar Mæstad, Director of Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) discuss the impacts on global inequalities as well as immediate and long-term responses to the coronavirus in conversation with Maria Dyveke Styve from GRIP.
Divine Fuh is Director of the Institute for Humanities Africa (HUMA) at the University of Cape Town, where he is also a lecturer in social anthropology. His research focuses on the politics of suffering and smiling, particularly on how urban youth seek ways of smiling in the midst of their suffering. He has researched Botswana, Cameroon, South Africa and Senegal, and his current work focuses on the political economy of Pan-African knowledge production. He is also the creator of the newly established Corona Times blog, which engages scholars from across the world.
Ottar Mæstad is the director of Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI). He is an Economist with a research background both in global health and in areas such as environment and energy, climate policy and international trade. Mæstad has wide experience from research, research management, and policy analysis. He has led a number of research projects for clients such as the Research Council of Norway, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norad, the World Bank, the Hewlett Foundation, Statoil, the Norwegian Shipowners Association, and others.