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May 23, 2020

. تقبل الله أعمالكم وكل عام وأنتم بخير 🌹عيدكم مبارك، ونسأل الله أن يعيده علينا ونحن في أفضل حال.#عيد_الفطر #مناظرات_قطر . . From #QatarDebate to you and to your loved ones, Eid Mubarak.May you have a blessed and joyful Eid.#EidMubarak

Partial lockdown vs. Complete lockdown
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May 21, 2020

. هل قامت نتفليكس بثورة في عالم الفن المرئي وصناعة الترفيه؟ ‏أم أنها كرست ضياع الهوية واختراق الخصوصية؟اطّلع على المقال بالكامل من خلال الرابط في البايو.#مناظرات_قطر . . Did Netflix revolutionize the digital entertainment sector? or is it a curse in disguise?Read more through the link in our bio.#QatarDebate #QDJournal

Partial lockdown vs. Complete lockdown
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May 19, 2020

. "لا تترددوا في خوض غمار هذه التجربة لأن المناظرة تجربة فريدة كفيلة لتغيير طريق التفكير بما يدور حولنا." - خديجة كومغاريمكنكم قراءة المقابلة بالكامل مع عضو ⁧‫#أكاديمية_النخبة‬⁩ من خلال الرابط في البايو.#مناظرات_قطر . . “Don’t hesitate to engage in this experience, debate is a unique experience that can change your life.” - Khadija Goumghar‬ ‪Meet Khadija, a #Elite_Academy from Morocco: //link in our bio.#QatarDebate #QDJournal

Partial lockdown vs. Complete lockdown
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May 17, 2020

. كيف للدول النامية أن تواجه جائحة كورونا، حظر كلي أم حظر جزئي؟لنطّلع سوياً على بعض الآراء في هذا الجانب من خلال المقال التالي: رابط المقال في البايو.#مناظرات_قطر . . How should developing nations face the COVID-19 pandemic, complete lockdown or partial lockdown?Different point of views on the measures of developing countries in such times: //the link to the article can be found in our bio.#QDJournal #QatarDebate

Partial lockdown vs. Complete lockdown
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May 13, 2020

. هل التعليم الإلكتروني عن بعد يمكن أن يستبدل التعليم النظامي، خصوصاً في الأزمات؟انقسمت الآراء حول ذلك، لنتعرف سوياً إلى بعض تلك الأراء من خلال المقال التالي. //تجدون رابط المقال في البايو الخاص بالصفحة.#مناظرات_قطر‬⁩ . . Can distant e-learning replace traditional educational methods, especially during crises?Many opinions were circulated regarding this, let’s explore some of those different opinions in this article. //link in bio.#QDJournal #QatarDebate

Partial lockdown vs. Complete lockdown
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May 11, 2020

. ‏“لا أرى أن ما نمر به الآن عرقل تطوري أو أحبط طموحي وإنما دفعني للتعلم والتناظر أكثر.” تصفح المقابلة بالكامل مع موزا الهاجري من خلال الرابط في البايو.#مناظرات_قطر . . "I don’t see that this crisis has hindered my development in debating, in fact it gave me the motivation to learn more and debate more. Read the full interview with Moza Alhajri through the link in our bio.#QatarDebate

Partial lockdown vs. Complete lockdown
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May 09, 2020

. بعد الانتهاء من الأزمة الصحية الراهنة، هل يجب على الحكومات التخفيف من القوانين البيئية للمساهمة في إنعاش الاقتصاد مرة أخرى؟لنتعرف سوياً على بعض الآراء في هذا الموضوع من خلال الرابط المرفق في البايو الخاص بصفحتنا.#مناظرات_قطر . . When the safety threat is over, should governments relax environmental regulations to help restart the economy?Let’s read the different views about this through the link on our page’s bio.#QatarDebate #QDJournal

Partial lockdown vs. Complete lockdown
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May 07, 2020

. العمل الجماعي هو المفتاح الأهم لإنتاج الأفكار الإبداعية ثم تطبيقها على أرض الواقع." - عبدالرحمن الفتياني.يمكنكم قراءة المقابلة بالكامل مع عضو ⁧‫#أكاديمية_النخبة‬⁩ من خلال الرابط في البايو الخاص بالصفحة.#مناظرات_قطر . . “Teamwork is Key when it comes to developing creative ideas and implementing them on ground.” - Abdulrahman Alfityani.You can read the full interview with the #Elite_Academy member through the link in our bio.#QatarDebate

Partial lockdown vs. Complete lockdown
May 16, 2020 0

How developing nations should’ve faced the COVID-19 pandemic?

By: Mubbarat Wassey – Debate coach at QatarDebate

Different governments have been taking different approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ranging from Sweden’s approach of keeping large sections of society open, to the strict lockdown in South Africa, we have seen different approaches and different results.

Developing nations however, are uniquely vulnerable. The ability to sustain lockdowns is not equal across the board, and there is a genuine risk of economic collapse in developing nations, particularly for those who are already heavily in debt. To add to their anguish, many of them face additional impediments. Some have ongoing internal conflict, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), others have natural disasters to cope with, such as Tanzania who have been hit with a huge flood.

Today we ask the question, does one size fit all?

Should developing nations have implemented a partial lockdown instead of a complete lockdown?

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It is unclear whether a complete lockdown is even the safest option in the first place

  1. The economic consequences are simply too large to contemplate a complete lockdown. Similar policies to the successful Vietnam model could be followed where hot spots could be identified while letting most of society go about their daily lives, particularly the most economically vulnerable. People are dependent on their daily income to feed themselves, and simply starve when forced to stay at home.

    Government and non-government assistance is simply not enough when more than half the country lives below the poverty line. Starving is no way to live, and if necessary, some risks have to be assumed in order to allow people to live with dignity.

  2. It is unclear whether a complete lockdown is even the safest option in the first place. A complete lockdown means that workers who are no longer working, would rush back to their rural villages as they cannot afford to live in the city without their daily income, thus spreading the virus around the country. Travel restrictions are unlikely to stop such desperate people, as we saw how desperate migrant workers walked hundreds of miles to go back to their village homes in India.

    In addition, most people cannot stay at home, they get hungry and need immediate income, many do not even have access to clean water at home. So they would attempt to break lockdown rules and look for informal ways of earning money to feed their family, leading to even more spreading of the virus. They live in congested spaces, so preventing them from working may not actually make them safe.

Against:

Containment is crucial to long term economic stability

  1. Safety is of utmost importance. Both the government and non-governmental organizations should provide relief for those suffering, but continuing to work is too risky given the congested workplaces that are typical in developing countries. A complete lockdown is the best way to prevent the spread of the virus, as it involves travel restrictions that force people to stay in and wait for relief, if necessary, instead of heading out and endangering everyone.

    Workplaces in developing nations tend to be congested, so it is important to minimize exposure to the best extent possible. Given the lack of resources, testing is unlikely to be adequate to accurately identify hot spots before it is too late. Thus a complete lockdown is the only sure way to be safe.


  2. Containment is crucial to long term economic stability. There are some solutions for short-term pain. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is available to lend to countries that need an injection of money to cope with the crisis. Politicians such as the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, have also talked about the possibility of debt forgiveness for developing countries.

    However, if we do not contain through a complete lockdown, the economic consequences will be too devastating. If we fail to monitor hot spots and large outbreaks happen, developing countries simply do not have enough hospital beds to deal with the situation. This means that if an outbreak happens then the country will be affected for a long period of time. The price will be human lives and abject poverty. Better to do a complete lockdown now and suffer a little, than to wait and suffer immensely.

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