Policy Brief Launch: Learning from grassroot responses to the pandemic - The case of Chocó (Colombia)

The COVID 19 pandemic poses significant challenges to communities in humanitarian and fragile settings. Policy responses such as lockdowns may generate unintended consequences by aggravating poverty, inequality and conflict. Policy interventions must therefore be tailored to humanitarian contexts and deliver a response that not only helps communities cope with this crisis but also strengthens their resilience. This policy brief shares insights from the research partnership between the University of Glasgow and the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund Responding to COVID-19 in Chocó, Colombia. Lessons from this experience can be used to inform emergency programmes as well as future research in this field. 


  • Mark Camburn, Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF)
  • Professor Mo Hume, School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Dr Allan Gilles, School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Sayantan Ghosal, Adam Smith Business School
  • Mary Ryan, Glasgow Centre for International Development (GCID)