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A caring economy: What would it take?

Care is what keeps us all going. It’s skilled, emotional, exhausting, rewarding work that props up our lives, households, communities and economies. Yet care – work disproportionately carried out by women and then most marginalized, is also massively undervalued and ignored. While growth and profit remain the priority of our economies, care of people and the planet are relegated to the sidelines.

This edition argues that even caregivers – whether they be parents or nurses, cleaners or neighbours – have their limits. With the world in the midst of a deepening crisis of care, accelerated by Covid-19, what would it mean to have an economy that valued them and the people they care for?

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Health workers demonstrate handwashing techniques to Mukuru community members. Photo: Victoria Nthenge

View from Africa

Abandoned by the state, self-organized health workers in Kenya are absorbing the brunt of the pandemic, writes Nanjala Nyabola.
Health workers in action at the Mpilo Central Hospital Covid19 Testing laboratory. Bulawayo, 25 April 2020. Credit: KB Mpofu / ILO

Doctors priced out

Joylean M Baro on how Zimbabwean doctors on the frontlines of Covid-19 care have been priced out of treatment. 
PHOTO: DELIGHT LAB

Let the light in

Carole Concha Bell on how projectionists have been censored for criticizing the Chilean government’s pandemic response.
Students of group 11 and 12 get computer education in the computer classroom of secondary government school ‘Anjoor’ in the village Ramanagaram, 60km from Bangalore. Credit: Wim Klerx/Computer caste

View from India

Schoolchildren are falling through the digital divide, writes Nilanjana Bhowmick.
QAnon has a lot to learn from Brazil, writes Leonardo Sakamoto.

In Brazil, conspiracies are for professionals

QAnon has a lot to learn from Brazil, writes Leonardo Sakamoto.
Natalia Kaliada on the women rising up against Alexander Lukashenko. 

Dreaming together in Belarus

Natalia Kaliada on the women rising up against Alexander Lukashenko. 
Newly displaced people waiting by the side of the road after fleeing attacks in Barsalogho, in northcentral Burkina Faso. TOM PEYRE-COSTA/NORWEGIAN REFUGEE COUNCIL

Burkina Faso: coming undone

Sam Mednick on Burkina Faso’s unfolding humanitarian crisis.

How foodbanks went global

The rise of food charity in some of the most affluent countries is surely a sign that something has gone badly wrong. So why is...

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