This article analyses some of the challenges civil society faced in some countries during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly during the first wave. It reviews several aspects of CSOs activities: how in some cases they mobilised the public opinion and opposed the attempts to limit or censor information, or how they dealt with disinformation and contributed to awareness-building among the population. It compares some policies and actions taken, and attempts to identify best practices and develop policy recommendations accordingly.
Author: Armen Grigoryan, Vice president, Yerevan Centre for Policy Studies
This article is part of the Call for Articles Series “Building Knowledge for CSO Cooperation in the Black Sea Region”, in the context of the project “Building CSO Capacity for Regional Cooperation within the Black Sea Region”, implemented by FOND, and funded by the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation (BST), a project of the German Marshall Fund. The opinions expressed in this publication are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views those of the Black Sea Trust or its partners.