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New AIC report explores the role of fraud during pandemics and economic crises








New AIC report explores the role of fraud during pandemics and economic crises

  • This report examines the common characteristics of frauds associated with pandemics, and identifies risks unique to pandemics and financial crises.
  • It identifies some novel crime types and methodologies arising during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 that were not seen in previous pandemics.
  • The report concludes by stressing the need for plans for future pandemics and economic crises to include provisions for better early monitoring and control of fraud and procurement corruption.

Read: Fraud and its relationship to pandemics and economic crises: From Spanish flu to COVID-19









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Global Governance Journal Event: Migration, Refugees, and UNHCR

Wednesday, 5 May 2021
(10:00-11:30 am EDT / 16:00-17:30 pm CET)







The Editors of Global Governance are pleased to announce a panel discussion of recent authors on the topic “Migration, Refugees, and UNHCR.” Please join us for a dialogue on refugee and migration policy in the context of UNHCR’s 70th anniversary. The panel will be hosted by the David M. Kennedy Center at Brigham Young University.








  • Dr. Ken Stilles, Professor at Brigham Young University and Editor of Global Governance

Research Report and Summary: Crime Prevention Programs in Canada: Examining Key Implementation Elements for Indigenous Populations (2021-R001 / 2021-

Now available on Public Safety Canada’s website



This study sought to examine the specific implementation issues for crime prevention programs aiming to serve Indigenous populations. This was completed through an examination of implementation information from a subset of National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS) funded crime prevention projects with a completed evaluation. Using a repository coding guide and a validated data collection form, data was collected retrospectively from process evaluation reports. Data analysis involved descriptive statistics and a thematic analysis for qualitative information.


Key findings:


  • Projects experienced implementation challenges in the following areas: program accessibility; funding requirements; management and administrative issues; and time management and planning deficiencies.
  • Adding a cultural element or making cultural adaptations were acknowledged as important components in addressing challenges.
  • Results identified the importance of program readiness and planning, resource limitations, culturally relevant adaptations, and formative evaluation in the implementation process.




  • Culturally-relevant adaptations occur through continued efforts to adapt a program to the context and target population. Including cultural elements in programming encourages participant trust, relationship building, and retention.
  • Project management and staff must understand the complexity of project planning and prepare for potential delays. The latter may be the result of staff recruitment and retention challenges, training, funding, and other efforts to make the program operational.
  • In order to maintain participant retention, active and on-going engagement should be done through learning opportunities (schools), community organizations, culture/spirituality groups and activities (Indigenous traditions), among others.

EUCPN Webinar: What works to prevent domestic burglaries?

It is our pleasure to introduce our webinar in light of the EU Focus Day:
'What works to prevent domestic burglaries?' on Monday 14 June 2021 at 13:00 CET.

This webinar (and the forthcoming paper) aims to support European, national and local stakeholders by giving an overview of the initiatives which may or may not work
to prevent domestic burglaries.

Participation is free but registration is mandatory.




Textfeld: More info & registration

World Health Assembly calls for accelerated efforts to end violence against children

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World Health Assembly calls for accelerated efforts to end violence against children


31 May 2021 | Geneva: The 74th World Health Assembly adopted today a new resolution on Ending violence against children through health systems strengthening and multisectoral approaches”, which aims to strengthen health sector capacity to prevent and respond to violence against children. During the discussion more than 60 Member States spoke in support of the resolution, some on behalf of their respective regions, with many expressing their deep concern about the detrimental impact of violence on the world’s children, laid bare during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Every year, about 1 billion children are affected by physical, sexual or psychological violence, suffering injuries, disabilities and death, as well as the negative impacts of witnessing violence between parents or caregivers. In addition to the immediate and lifelong harmful consequences, violence against children undermines investments in health and education and erodes the productive capacity of future generations. Stay-at-home measures, a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, have in many settings contributed to higher incidences of violence within families.


“There is never any excuse for violence against children," said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). “We have evidence-based tools to prevent it, which we urge all countries to implement. Protecting the health and well-being of children is central to protecting our collective health and well-being, now and for the future.”


The resolution – tabled by the United States of America and many co-sponsors – emphasizes that the health sector has a major role to play in documenting the extent of the problem of violence against children; delivering and monitoring prevention approaches and providing services to mitigate the consequences of exposure to violence. It lists a range of actions to be taken by governments and the WHO Secretariat, in collaboration with other stakeholders, to ensure the health and well-being of children. 


The new resolution invites governments to establish an inter-ministerial coordination process at the highest level of government; create or designate a unit or focal point within ministries of health; strengthen legislative policy and response frameworks; allocate the necessary budget; enhance international collaboration; implement the technical packages INSPIRE: Seven strategies for ending violence against children and RESPECT women: a framework for preventing violence against women; develop or improve epidemiological surveillance systems; and include children in advocacy, policy development and action, among other actions. 


It invites the WHO Secretariat to develop and launch the second and third global status reports on violence against children in 2025 and 2030; provide technical knowledge and support to collect data and build capacities, including of WHO regional and country offices; facilitate the implementation of parenting programmes; facilitate knowledge exchange among all stakeholders; strengthen collaboration through a multisectoral approach; and report on the implementation of this resolution to the 76th World Health Assembly in 2023.


“This new World Health Assembly resolution and its call to action is timely," says Dr Etienne Krug, Director of the Department of Social Determinants of Health, WHO. “More than ever we need to act to end violence against children, which leads to such terrible pain and suffering in young lives. The role of the health sector is invaluable in preventing or detecting violence and supporting those affected. WHO stands ready to assist ministries of health and their partners to build capacities to enable them to play this role more effectively and end this scourge.” 


The first-ever Global status report on preventing violence against children 2020 measured countries’ progress on preventing and responding to violence against children. The report highlighted substantial achievements at global, regional and country levels, while also emphasizing an urgent need to accelerate violence prevention efforts if the SDG target to end violence against children is to be achieved.





World Health Assembly report by the Director-General on the WHO global plan of action


INSPIRE: seven strategies for ending violence against children


RESPECT women: a framework for preventing violence against women


Global status report on preventing violence against children 2020


WHO fact sheet on violence against children


WHO fact sheet on violence against women


Etienne Krug, MD, MPH


Social Determinants of Health

World Health Organization

20 Avenue Appia

1211 Geneva 27


Tel: + 41 22 791 3535/2881


Twitter: @etiennekrug