Social Networks for Mutual Aid (PSS and Oxfam)

Social Networks for Mutual Aid (PSS and Oxfam)

This monograph presents the Final Report of our team’s research project titled “Social Networks for Service Delivery and Humanitarian Response in Times of COVID-19.” It shares the narratives and insights about emergent agency in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which we gathered from various conversations with research partners in the course of six months. These narratives and insights, as well as our analysis, are conveyed here as case studies, which paint a picture of the variety of responses and responders to the health crisis. Each case study tries to capture in writing the passions and dreams that motivate our research partners’ actions. As researchers, we extend the conversation by listening intently and wringing out visions of a different normal condition after the pandemic. Jo Dionisio, our research project leader, integrates all of these in a thoughtful executive summary before each case study is presented one after the other. In a way, the publication of this monograph is an invitation for more public conversations and deliberations about building back better.


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The Philippine Sociological Society (PSS) is a non-profit and SEC-registered organization founded in 1953. It was formed by various social science professors and scholars from different Philippine educational institutions to promote human knowledge and welfare by encouraging and disseminating the study and discussion of affairs in sociology and related disciplines. The PSS also aims to reinvigorate, support, and improve the scientific inquiry of society and instruction in sociology and across fields in the social sciences.

Oxfam is an international confederation of 20 organisations working together with partners and local communities in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty. The name “Oxfam” comes from the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief, founded in Britain in 1942. The group campaigned for food supplies to be sent through an allied naval blockade to starving women and children in enemy-occupied Greece during the Second World War. Since then, as well as becoming a world leader in the delivery of emergency relief, Oxfam implements long-term development programs in vulnerable communities. We support the campaigns of civil society to fix the global food system, end unfair trade rules, and to combat climate change.

Please cite as: Dionisio, Josephine, Arnold Alamon, and Dakila Yee. 2001. SOCIAL NETWORKS FOR MUTUAL AID: Civil Society Responses to Covid 19. Quezon City: Philippine Sociological Society and Oxfam Pilipinas.

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