COVID-19 response

Updated: March 2021

How PEP is responding to COVID-19 as an international organisation, and resources to help inform policy responses.

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 PandemicPEP Resource Persons and Research Fellows are investigating topics related to COVID-19 policy responses in different countries.

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. 

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 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.


Publications by PEP-affiliated researchers 

Including current researchers, alumni, Research FellowsResource Persons and members of the Board of Directors

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