The Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) has been monitoring the developments of COVID-19 globally and is following governmental guidance according to where our staff and grant recipients are based.
At this time, we are continuing our operations almost normally, adapting to the rapidly changing situation. All international travel planned for staff, resource persons and researchers has been cancelled or postponed. Nevertheless, PEP research work is currently expected to continue while adapting to local situations and restrictions.
The health and wellbeing of PEP researchers, resource persons, and staff are our priority. It is essential that everyone cooperates to limit the spread of this disease in the world. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate the coming months together.
PEP is supporting 11 projects to inform inclusive adaptation and recovery policies responding to the crisis in as many developing countries under the COVID-19 Responses for Equity (CORE) initiative, funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
- The projects are being undertaken in seven African countries (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe), two Asian countries (Pakistan and Vietnam) and two South American countries (Argentina and Ecuador).
- PEP is working with teams involving local researchers and government institutions to assess COVID-19 impacts and the effectiveness of current and potential policies.
PEP is supporting a further seven projects under an initiative providing a Rapid Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. PEP Resource Persons and Research Fellows are investigating topics related to COVID-19 policy responses in different countries.
PEP has launched a Facebook group as a place to discuss socio-economic evidence that may be useful for designing and informing COVID-19 response policies at global and national levels. Join the discussion at www.facebook.com/groups/pep.covid19response. You can also tweet using the hashtag #covid19policyresponse and share via the LinkedIn group.
PEP is a founding member of the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty, which has a dedicated page on COVID-19 with links to various other initiatives.
Other information sources
- Socialprotection.org: COVID-19 platform (currently supported by IPC-IG (host), GiZ and Dfat) with links to various other initiatives
- The World Bank:
- Platform and blog, with links to various other initiatives
- A “living” paper: Social Protection and Jobs Responses to COVID-19: A Real-Time Review of Country Measures
- IMF policy tracker
- Vox.eu research-based policy analysis and commentary from leading economists: Economics in the Time of COVID-19
- OECD web page on impacts, consequences and policy responses to COVID-19
- Free books by leading economists:
- Open COVID-19 policy dataset and blog post
- Webinar: Southern Countries' Responses to COVID-19 held on September 30, 2020
- Report - Life with Corona: Shared Global Sentiments and Stark Generational Divides
- Take part in the second round of the Life with Corona global survey led by ISDC, UNU-WIDER, University of Konstanz, IGZ, and IDS
Readings by PEP-affilated researchers
Including current researchers, alumni, Research Fellows, Resource Persons and members of the Board of Directors
- COVID-19 Pandemic, a War to be Won: Understanding its Economic Implications for Africa by PEP Research Fellow John Ataguba in Applied Health Economics and Health Policy (2020)
- Impact économique du Confinement en Guadeloupe - PEP Scientific Mentors Sebastien Mathouraparsad and Bernard Decaluwé analyse the economic effects of Guadeloupe's containment measures (PDF, in French)
- Potential Effects of Lockdown in the Philippines due to COVID-19: Lessening the Impact on Poor Households DLSU-AKI Policy Brief by Caesar Cororaton, Marites Tiongco, and Arlene Inocencio
- Covid-19 Exacerbates the Youth Employment Challenge in the Western Balkans by PEP Research Fellow Marjan Petreski on the Decent Jobs for Youth Blog
- Suggestions for the Emergency - UNDP LAC Covid-19 Policy Document by PEP Board member Santiago Levy
- Social and Economic Impact of COVID-19 and Policy Options in Argentina - UNDP LAC Covid-19 Policy Document by PEP Research Director Maria Laura Alzua and Paula Gosis
- Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on poverty in MENA countries: Focus on child poverty - Literature review by Guy Morel Kossivi Amouzou Agbe
- Winners and Losers from COVID-19 : Global Evidence from Google Search - World Bank Policy Research Working Paper by Kibrom A. Abay, Kibrom Tafere, Andinet Woldemichael
- 'Not a Good Time': Economic Impact of COVID-19 in Africa by PEP Board member Hanan Morsy, PEP researcher Lacina Balma, and Adamon Ndungu Mukasa (AFDB)
- Boosting Youth Entrepreneurship Through Informal Credit in Benin by Gbetoton Nadege Djossou, Jacob Novignon, and their PEP Scientific Mentor, Abdelkrim Araar, for the Decent Jobs for Youth Blog, based on the team's PEP project
- Impacts of COVID-19 on Food Security: Panel Data Evidence from Nigeria (PDF) - working paper by Mulubrhan Amare, Kibrom Abay, Luca Tiberti and Jordan Chamberlin
- COVID-19 and Food Security in Ethiopia: Do Social Protection Programs Protect? - working paper by Kibrom Abay, Guush Berhane, John Hoddinott, Kibrom Tafere
- New (January 6) Poverty during COVID-19 in North Macedonia: Analysis of the distributional impact of the crisis and government response - working paper by Marjan Petreski
- Flattening the COVID-19 Curve in Developing Countries
- Latin America and the outbreak of COVID-19: a chronicle of multiple crises
- Latin America and the outbreak of COVID-19: a chronicle of multiple crises II
We invite suggestions for other resources/readings, please email our Communications Officer.