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News / August 20, 2021

The COVID Conundrum


All over the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned countless lives upside down, disrupted hundreds of elections, and challenged our status quo of what we typically expect democracies to deliver. 

In this episode of Democracy! The Podcast, we’ll first head to Africa’s 2nd most populous country to hear how elections transpired in the midst of the Covid crisis this spring, and what might lie ahead for Ethiopia this fall when they plan to complete the voting process.    

Then we’ll check in on the situation in the Balkans.  Learn what citizens there had to say about safely venturing out to cast their votes.  

And finally, we’ll sit down with the head of the Task Force for Global Health to get a 360-degree look at what has to happen for the Covid-19 global pandemic to end.  

Democracy! The Podcast is brought to you by the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) with support from the United States Agency for International Development through the Global Elections and Political Transitions Award. 

Find this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and the player below: 




Special thanks to: 

  • Dr. David Ross, ScD, President & CEO, The Task Force for Global Health
  • Nermin Nisic, IFES Country Director, Albania, Bosnia, Herzegovina and Serbia
  • Aubrey McCutcheon, NDI Country Director, Ethiopi
  • Lauren Oing, IRI Country Director, Ethiopia


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This podcast is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through CEPPS. Established in 1995, CEPPS pools the expertise of three premier international organizations dedicated to democratic development: IFES, IRI, and NDI. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government. 
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