CARE (Center for Culture Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation) has been responding to COVID-19 pandemic through our community advisory groups, community workshops, and community researchers. The communities we have been working in have been creatively developing a wide range of interventions, advocacy, and activist solutions. Please click the link below to explore our policy briefs, white papers, and interventions addressing COVID-19 based on the three key tenets of the CCA.


The Time For Communicative Leadership: Lessons from Aotearoa

We witness in the COVID19 response in Aotearoa its accountability to the people, supporting a flexible infrastructure that is continually responsive to the pandemic and its changing nature.

India’s Underclasses and the Depravity of Our Unequal Societies

It takes a pandemic to render visible the deep inequalities that make up the highly unequal societies we inhabit.

CARE COVID-19 White Papers

Structural constraints, voice infrastructures, and mental health among low-wage migrant workers in Singapore: Solutions for addressing COVID19

Responding to the continued rise in COVID19 clusters in migrant worker dormitories in Singapore, and building on earlier research (See CARE White paper Issue 6), this White Paper reports on the findings of a survey conducted with low-wage migrant workers in Singapore. Drawing on the key tenets of the culture-centered approach, the research highlights the powerful role of structural factors such as arrangements of dormitories, the absence of hygienic conditions , the lack of clean toilets, and scarcity of water. Moreover, it points to the absence of voice infrastructures, and the ways in which this absence contributes to conditions that are rife for the pandemic.

Infrastructures of housing and food for low-wage migrant workers in Singapore

The high incidence of COVID-19 cases in dormitories housing low-wage migrant workers in Singapore makes visible the structural challenges of poor housing and food. Building on CARE’s ongoing work with low-wage migrant workers in Singapore, this white paper presents imaginaries for healthy housing and food voiced by low-wage migrant workers.

    Challenges To Seeking Health Information And Healthcare Among Low Income Communities Amid COVID19

    The findings reported here are drawn from our advisory group of community members that represent the community in Highbury. The advisory group has been built on the basis of purposive sampling, ensuring that the voices of the “margins of the margins” are represented. The advisory group meets face-to-face as well as on a digital platform. The group is facilitated by two community researchers, recruited from within the advisory group and trained in the fundamentals of interview-based research.

    Covid-19 wage subsidy package

    We are writing about the government’s covid-19 wage subsidy package, in particular:

    • the sick leave payment due to be folded into the modified covid-19 wage subsidy package; and
    • the online publication outlining the names of all employers who have received the covid-19 wage subsidy package.

    The limits of the “Singapore Model” in Covid-19 response

    A wide range of models have been proposed as frameworks for responding to Covid-19. These models highlight the significance of health communication in preventing the spread of COVID19 as well as in effectively responding to it. The positioning of specific models as solutions to COVID-19 is tied to the creation of actual strategies of response globally. One such model that has been rapidly disseminated in policy discourse and circulated in articulations of COVID response is the “Singapore Model.” Drawing on the key tenets of the CCA, this paper will examine the premise of the “Singapore Model” as a framework for global health.

    A culture-centered approach to pandemic response: Voice, Universal Infrastructure, and Equality

    The global nodes of the spread of Covid-19 highlight the significance of health communication in preventing the spread as well as in effectively responding to it. Noting the aggressive movement of the virus across countries, with eight countries reporting more than 1000 cases of COVID-19, the WHO declared COVID-19 as a pandemic. Drawing on critical analyses of the pandemic and crises response literatures as well as building on the experiences of CARE in developing culture-centered community grounded interventions, this white paper outlines the culture-centered approach to pandemic response, specifically directed at offering culture-centered guidelines for effective communication.