Webinar Series: Lessons on Covid-19 crisis policy responses

November 2021-April 2022 | Webinars

What can be done to make policy responses to the Covid-19 crisis more effective and inclusive? Join researchers from PEP and development community partners for online roundtable discussions.

PEP is hosting a series of online roundtable discussions on lessons for more effective and inclusive policy responses to the Covid-19 crisis in the Global South. 

Local researchers and national government officers will share and discuss findings from their projects on the effectiveness of early or potential public policy responses to mitigate the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis, particularly for the most vulnerable populations in the Global South. PEP supported these projects under the Rapid Response initiative and the IDRC-funded COVID-19 Responses for Equity (CORE) initiative.

Several trends have emerged from the findings of these projects that can provide lessons for improving policy responses to the Covid-19 crisis. Broadly, these lessons relate to targeting beneficiaries, lessons for promoting inclusiveness and gender equality, the fiscal policy implications of crisis relief, and the needs of youth, MSMEs and farmers in Africa.

Other development community partners that led similar research under the wider IDRC CORE initiative will join the discussions to validate the trends and policy lessons.

Scroll down to see the events in this series, register for upcoming events, and catch up with any you missed.


All webinars start at 1 p.m. UTCFind your local time 
English-French interpretation will be available

November 16, 2021 - The importance of targeting beneficiaries in Covid-19 crisis policy responses


  • Jorge Pablo Puig, Professor of Economics at Universidad Nacional de La Plata, and researcher at the Center for Distributive, Labor, and Social Studies (CEDLAS)
  • Kibrom Abay, Research Fellow in the Development Strategy and Governance Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and at PEP.
  • Tsegay Gebrekidan Tekleselassie, Coordinator, Human Development and Labour Studies Centre, Policy Studies Institute, Ethiopia
  • Abebe Shimeles, Director of Research at the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)

ModeratorLucas Ronconi, Professor of Economics at Universidad de Buenos Aires and Research Fellow at PEP and IZA.

Collaborator: African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)

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February 18, 2022 - The risks and potential of Covid-19 policy responses for inclusiveness and equality


ModeratorLucas Ronconi, Professor of Economics at Universidad de Buenos Aires and Research Fellow at PEP and IZA.

Collaborator: Southern Voice

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March 29, 2022 - The fiscal policy implications of Covid-19 crisis-relief and recovery strategies


  • Saira Ahmed, Director, Sustainability & Environment, Capital University of Science and Technology, Pakistan

  • Adeola Adenikinju, Professor/Director, Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

  • Albert Makochekanwa, Professor/Chairman, Department of Economics, University of Zimbabwe

ModeratorLucas Ronconi, Professor of Economics at Universidad de Buenos Aires and Research Fellow at PEP and IZA.

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Webinars are online workshops that you can attend via the internet from your computer or portable internet device. Webinars in this series will use the Zoom or Voiceboxer video conferencing platforms.

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