The pandemic caused by COVID-19 is bringing to the attention of the wider public a series of questions on how public health is dealt with at various levels of local, national, and international governance. It is also bringing to the surface a series of simmering conflicts, as well as generating new ones.
On this website, we ask country experts a series of questions on different themes. We begin with Questionnaire #1: Whose Jurisdiction? Law in Books and in Action and Questionnaire #2: Civil Society & Marginalised Groups. Doing so we hear from them what has happened and what is happening in their contexts and, since we the questions are exactly the same for each theme, the expert responses are comparable across jurisdictions. Users are invited to navigate the various responses and compare them.
The Governance Programme at the Aga Khan University’s (AKU) Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (ISMC) in London wishes to freely offer this opportunity to both the experts and the wider public. The team devised (and keeps devising) a series of questionnaires to identify common trends and specific challenges of various governance systems: watch this space!