The Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) is monitoring the developments of COVID-19 globally and following governmental guidance according to where our staff and grant recipients are based.
The health and wellbeing of PEP researchers, resource persons, and staff are our priority. We have suspended all international travel for staff, resource persons and researchers. Nevertheless, PEP research work and operations are continuing while adapting to local situations and restrictions. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this situation together.
Mobilizing new, rapid response, projects
As governments around the world react to the Covid-19 crisis, high-quality evidence is needed to understand its evolving health, economic and social effects and how mitigation policies can be most effective.
Developing country populations – and especially those most vulnerable – are at risk of being left behind. Resources are limited and must be put to work efficiently to address the short, medium and long-term challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
PEP has mobilized our network of in-country researchers for 18 quick-response research projects:
- 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. All projects have now pubished working papers.
Additionally, a new UNICEF research initiative, undertaken by PEP and Oxford Policy Management, has generated evidence from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) showing that children may pay the highest price for the effects of the Covid-19 crisis.
Adapting ongoing projects
Six experimental projects were about to implement their interventions when the pandemic began. These projects were selected for PEP support under the Impact Evaluation Mentoring for Governments in East and West Africa initiative mid-2019, and completed baseline data collection between late 2019 and early 2020. The pandemic response and mitigation measures put in place by national governments delayed the roll out of four interventions. With the help of the PEP-PIERI Scientific Support Team, the teams worked hard to adapt to local challenges while prioritizing the safety of everyone involved.
Modifications to the projects included:
- Redesigning the interventions in Guinea Bissau and Benin
- Conducting meetings, interviews and surveys by telephone or online, instead of in person
- Restructuring focus groups as individual interviews
- Delaying the intervention in Tanzania until 2021
Knowledge exchange, across countries, regions and disciplines, is also vital for meeting the challenges of the pandemic as efficiently as possible.
PEP 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.
Including current researchers, alumni, Research Fellows, Resource Persons and members of the Board of Directors
COVID-19-related Publications by PEP-affiliated Researchers Organised by Theme (Google Spreadsheet)
- 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) - PEP working paper by Mulubrhan Amare, Kibrom Abay, Luca Tiberti and Jordan Chamberlin
- Also published in Food Policy
- COVID-19 and Food Security in Ethiopia: Do Social Protection Programs Protect? - PEP working paper by Kibrom Abay, Guush Berhane, John Hoddinott, Kibrom Tafere
- Impact des mesures de confinement associées à la pandémie COVID-19 sur la pauvreté des enfants (PDF, in French) - UNICEF report based on research carried out by Abdel-Rahmen El Lahga, Sami Bibi, Sebastian Silva Leander and Marta Marzi.
- Maroc : Impact de la pandémie Covid-19 sur la pauvreté des enfants (PDF, in French) - UNICEF report by Touahmi Abdelkhalek, Dorothée Boccanfuso and Luc Savard
- Poverty during COVID-19 in North Macedonia: Analysis of the distributional impact of the crisis and government response - PEP working paper by Marjan Petreski
- Analyzing the macro-economic impacts of COVID-19 in Senegal through the gender lens - PEP working paper by Hélène Maisonnave and François Cabral
- Effects of socioeconomic variables on Covid-19 infections and mortalities in Brazilian municipalities - PEP working paper by Ana Lucia Kassouf
- Analyzing the macro-economic impacts of COVID-19 in Senegal - PEP working paper by Sébastien Mathouraparsad, Bernard Decaluwé, Sébastien Régis and Pierre Mendy
Covid-19 : les femmes, premières victimes de la crise économique (Covid-19: Women, the first victims of the economic crisis) Hélène Maisonnave interviewed for a France 24 article
Assessing Response Fatigue in Phone Surveys: Experimental Evidence on Dietary Diversity in Ethiopia - working paper by Kibrom Abay, Guush Berhane, John Hoddinott, Kibrom Tafere
COVID-19-Induced Disruptions of School Feeding Services Exacerbate Food Insecurity in Nigeria by Kibrom Abay, Luca Tiberti, Mulubrhan Amare and Kwaw S Andam, in The Journal of Nutrition
[New: August 24, 2021] How COVID-19 Pandemic Worsens the Economic Situation of Women in South Africa by Margaret Chitiga, Martin Henseler, Ramos Mabugu and Hélène Maisonnave
- 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
- 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.