Let’s talk about conflict and fragility in this time of COVID-19 and how the outbreak exacerbates living conditions for refugees, migrants and the poor.


APRIL 21, 2020
4PM Manila / 6PM Sydney



*The Aid Talks webinar will also be live streamed on YouTube and available after the event.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health emergency crisis. Governments were put to a test on how strong or vulnerable their countries’ public health infrastructure, economic system, and political leadership are to contain the outbreak, provide enough resources, and ensure the security of their citizens.

But how much more vulnerable is it going to be for conflict-affected, fragile states where refugees, migrants and the urban poor tolerate cramped spaces, have very limited access to basic social services, and have inadequate livelihood to protect them from the shock of the outbreak?

Join our panellists, from The New Humanitarian, Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and Aid/Watch Australia, who will present case studies and narratives.


Irwin Loy, Asia Editor,The New Humanitarian 
Irwin is The New Humanitarian’s Asia editor, based in Bangkok. He has reported on news in Asia for the past decade after joining TNH in 2017.

May Makki, Research and Program Officer, Arab NGO Network for Development
May is a Research and Program Officer at the ANND. Her work is mainly focused on civic space and development cooperation. She is also part of the MENA regional secretariat for the CSP Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE). She graduated with a BA in Political Studies from the American University of Beirut (AUB).

Cyprien Fabre, Conflict & Fragility Advisor, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Cyprien is a Conflict & Fragility Advisor at the OECD. After emergency deployments in crisis contexts in the Balkans, the Middle East and Africa with French NGOs, he joined ECHO, the European Commission’s humanitarian department in 2003 in various conflict areas. Heading the EC-ECHO regional office for West Africa in 2009, he worked on linking emergency, resilience building and development programming. He joined the OECD in 2016 to work on DAC members’ engagement in fragile and crisis and conflict contexts. He also wrote a “policy into action” guidelines series and “Lives in crises” to help translating policy commitments into better programming in crisis. He is a graduate from the Law faculty of Aix-Marseille.

Prof. James Goodman, Aid/Watch Australia
James is the Chair of Aid/Watch in Australia. He conducts research on global politics, socio-cultural change and climate justice and is an Associate Professor in Social and Political Sciences at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UTS (FASS) where he has been based since 1996. He draws from a disciplinary background in political sociology, international relations, political economy and political geography, and has led several large collaborative research projects.


  • 6:00 PM Introduction: Reality of Aid – Asia Pacific | 10 mins
  • 6:10 PM Covering COVID-19 in Asia Pacific: Irwin Loy, Asia Editor, The New Humanitarian
  • 6:20 PM Aid for conflict-affected, fragile states: Cyprien Fabre, Conflict & Fragility Advisor, OECD
  • 6:30 PM Disaster Capitalism: Prof. James Goodman, AidWatch Australia
  • 6:40 PM Impacts & Opportunities: May Makki, Research and Program Officer, ANND
  • 6:50 PM Q&A | 30 mins
  • 7:20 PM Closing: AidWatch Australia | 10 mins


Sarah Torres Coordinator, Reality of Aid – Asia Pacific
Natalie Lowrey, Coordinator, Aid/Watch Australia

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