PEP Rapid Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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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. PEP is contributing to the research on effects of the COVID-19 crisis in developing countries with a Rapid Response initiative.

Under this Rapid Response initiative, PEP is supporting seven projects (listed below) to inform inclusive adaption and recovery policies responding to the COVID-19 crisis in developing countries. Senior PEP-affiliated researchers, including members of the Scientific Support Teams and Research Fellows, are undertaking projects in Brazil, Ethiopia, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Senegal (two projects), and South Africa.

The project teams are using a range of PEP methodologies to understand the impacts of the pandemic and current or proposed response policies. Three of the projects have already published working papers (see below).

This initiative is part of PEP's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. PEP is supporting a further 11 research projects on COVID-19 Responses for Equity (CORE), with funding from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and hosting online discussions relating to the policy response to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Projects selected for PEP-support

Seven projects, in six countries, are being supported under PEP's Rapid Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic initiative (full list below). Two projects are being conducted in low-income economies or fragile or conflict-affected situations (LIE/FC).

Project title Country Working Papers
Effects of socioeconomic variables on Covid-19 infections and mortalities in Brazilian municipalities Brazil 2021-03
COVID-19 and Food Security in Ethiopia: Do Social Protection Programs Protect? Ethiopia* 2020-23
Impacts of COVID-19 on Food Security: Panel Data Evidence from Nigeria  Nigeria** 2020-21
Poverty during Covid-19 in North Macedonia: Analysis of the distributional impact of the crisis and government response North Macedonia 2021-01
Analyzing the macro-economic impacts of COVID-19 in Senegal Senegal  
Analyzing the macro-economic impacts of COVID-19 in Senegal through the gender lens Senegal 2021-02
Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on health inequality in South Africa South Africa  
*Low-income economies (LIE)   **Fragile or conflict-affected situations (FC)   


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