Supported by the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the Covid Collective is based at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). The Collective brings together the expertise of, UK and Southern based research partner organisations and offers a rapid social science research response to inform decision-making on some of the most pressing Covid-19 related development challenges.

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  • Development Finance for Socioeconomic Programming in Response to Covid-19 

    Lenhardt, Amanda (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-11-29)
    The Covid-19 crisis led multilateral and bilateral donors to revise their funding strategies to respond to the crisis and to adapt existing programming to the new context it created. This resulted in changes to overall ...
  • Pandemic Pauses: Understanding Ceasefires in a Time of Covid-19 

    Wise, Laura; Badanjak, Sanja; Bell, Christine; Knäussel, Fiona (Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP), 2021)
    On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization characterized the rapid global spread of the novel coronavirus known as Covid-19 as a pandemic.1 Shortly after, on 23 March 2020, the UN Secretary General (UNSG) Antonio ...
  • Zambia Covid-19 Poverty Monitor April 2021 

    Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (2021-04)
    Loss of income from businesses: Zambia went into a partial lockdown when it recorded the first cases of Covid-19 in March 2020. Some micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) such as bars, cinemas, lodges, hotels, ...
  • Philippines Covid-19 Poverty Monitor April 2021 

    Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (Chronic Poverty Advisory Network, 2021)
    Access to health services: Many respondents are avoiding public health services due to the misconception that common flu symptoms will be diagnosed as Covid-19 and require quarantine in a facility. Testing is also prohibitively ...
  • The Social Economic Impacts of Covid-19 in Informal Urban Settlements 

    Lenhardt, Amanda (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-09-27)
    The social economic impacts of the Covid-19 crisis in informal urban settlements are widely discussed in the literature, as are the risk factors for particular social and economic groups in these areas. However, government ...
  • Ethiopia Covid-19 Poverty Monitor: April 2021 

    Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (Chronic Poverty Advisory Network, 2021-04-06)
    CPAN Covid-19 Poverty Monitor bulletins are compiled using a combination of original qualitative data collection from a small number of affected people in each country, interviews with local leaders and community development ...
  • Tracking the Scale and Speed of the World Bank’s COVID Response: April 2021 Update 

    Morris, Scott; Sandefur, Justin; Yang, George (Center for Global Development, 2021-04-05)
    Last year at this time, the World Bank announced its intention to provide $104 billion in financing to developing country governments to help them respond to the COVID-19 crisis. We took stock of those efforts seven months ...
  • Regional Responses to COVID-19: The Role of Intergovernmental Organisations in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East 

    den Boer, Hannah; Nash, Kathryn (Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP), 2021)
    There have been responses to the COVID-19 pandemic across multiple levels of governance from very local, community-based initiatives to international coordination by the WHO. While there has been significant analysis of ...
  • "Like Birds in Cages" Community Definitions and Concepts of Home, Rights, Justice, and Citizenship in Rohingya Camps 

    Haque, Saiful; Ullah, Arshat; Hoque, Ehsanul; Islam, Imrul; Olney, Jessica; Gibbons, Niamh; Sutton, Rebecca (Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP), 2021-06)
    A participatory action research project was undertaken from November 2020 to February 2021 in which three Rohingya researchers asked 33 of their fellow Rohingya refugees living in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh camps to share ...
  • An Opportunity in Crisis? Covid-19 and State-community Relations in Taiz 

    al-Hamdani, Raiman; Transfeld, Mareike (Yemen Policy Center, 2021-04)
    When many parts of the world began to shut down public life to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in March 2020, observers hoped that Yemen was better placed to avoid the impact of the pandemic due to the near-shut ...
  • Covid-19: Tool of Conflict or Opportunity for Local Peace in Northwest Syria? 

    Beaujouan, Juline; El hafi, Abdulah; Ghreiz, Eyas (Global Justice Academy, University of Edinburgh, 2021-06)
    Evidence shows that local communities played a central role in mitigating the impact of Covid-19, helping to bridge the governance gap in northwest Syria. As Covid-19 was spreading across the world in the early months ...
  • Disability among Older People: Analysis of Data from Disability Surveys in Six Low- and Middle-Income Countries 

    Prynn, Josephine; Polack, Sarah; Mactaggart, Islay; Morgon Banks, Lena; Hameed, Shaffa; Dionicio, Carlos; Neupane, Shailes; Murthy, GVS; Oye, Joseph; Naber, Jonathan; Kuper, Hannah (MDPI, 2021-06-29)
    This analysis of surveys from six low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) aimed to (i) estimate the prevalence of disability among older adults and (ii) compare experiences and participation in key life areas among older ...
  • Challenges and Prospects of Youth Employment in the Post-COVID Scenario 

    Tabassum, Asma; Ahmed, Shakil; Jahan, Nusrat (BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, 2021-06)
    Public health measures taken to contain the spread of COVID-19 have caused massive shocks to the global economy and all aspects of human lives. The pandemic is disproportionately affecting the youths, particularly in ...
  • Initiatives for the Governance of the Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout, with Special Reference to Social Inclusion 

    Bolton, Laura (Institute of Development Studies, 2021-03-23)
    This rapid review was sourced from key websites and used some keyword searching whilst making an effort to filter out news and media. As systematic searching is not possible within the scope of this review, it cannot be ...
  • The New Era of Unconditional Convergence 

    Patel, Dev; Sandefur, Justin; Subramanian, Arvind (Center for Global Development, 2021-02-03)
    The central fact that has motivated the empirics of economic growth—namely unconditional divergence—is no longer true and has not been so for decades. Across a range of data sources, poorer countries have in fact been ...
  • The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Small and Medium Enterprises in Bangladesh 

    Islam, Asadul; Rahman, Atiya; Nisat, Rafia (BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, 2020-12)
    Like other economic players, the novel pandemic severely hit small businesses—the larger source of growth and employment but also the most vulnerable sector—by disrupting national and international business networks, supply ...
  • Building the Resilience of the Poor through Graduation in the Post-COVID-19 Global Context 

    BRAC UPGI (BRAC UPGI, 2020-09)
    The health shocks brought on by the spread of COVID-19, coupled with the economic crisis wrought by global lockdown measures, have had an immediate and severe impact on the state of extreme poverty. The scale of the crisis ...
  • Is the World Bank’s COVID Crisis Lending Big Enough, Fast Enough? New Evidence on Loan Disbursements 

    Duggan, Julian; Morris, Scott; Sandefur, Justin; Yang, George (Center for Global Development, 2020-10-12)
    The World Bank has forecast an unprecedented global recession in 2020-21, and the reversal of a decades-long fall in global poverty, provoking an acute need for short-term financing in low- and lower-middle income countries. ...
  • The Macroeconomics of Pandemics in Developing Countries: An Application to Uganda 

    von Carnap, Tillmann; Almås, Ingvild; Bold, Tessa; Ghisolfi, Selene; Sandefur, Justin (Center for Global Development, 2020-10-20)
    How should policies to control the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic differ across countries? We extend recent contributions integrating economic and epidemiological models for the United States to a developing country context, Uganda. ...
  • Triple Jeopardy: Disabled People and the COVID-19 Pandemic 

    Shakespeare, Tom; Ndagire, Florence; Seketi, Queen E. (Elsevier, 2021-03-16)
    People with disabilities have been differentially affected by COVID-19 because of three factors: the increased risk of poor outcomes from the disease itself, reduced access to routine health care and rehabilitation, and ...

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