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    Matter of mobility: Barriers to women’s work and education, and the dangers at home

    As countries across the world implemented lockdowns to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, both women and men have been largely confined to their homes but with differential impacts. In this post, Nikita Sharma discusses the pre-pandemic restrictions on the mobility of women in India – on account of social norms and safety concerns – as well as the dangers they face at...

    16 Mar 2021 | Nikita Sharma

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    Has COVID-19 exacerbated gender inequalities in Pakistan?

    Women in the developing world face an array of vulnerabilities and are at a relative disadvantage when compared to men. In Pakistan for example, they are less likely to receive vital information on health safety, have lower levels of education, and are less likely to own a mobile phone or have internet access. In the context of a pandemic like COVID-19, these disparities...

    10 Mar 2021 | Hina Shaikh

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    How is COVID-19 affecting gender inequality in low-income countries? Insights from Sierra Leone

    Gender disparities in social and economic outcomes, already larger in the developing world than in the rich countries, have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Policy action is vital to address the compounding of existing inequalities and to protect the most vulnerable women. Editor’s note: This article is part of our International Women’s Day series. COVID-19 has...

    8 Mar 2021 | Madison Levine, Niccoló Meriggi, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Vasudha Ramakrishna, Maarten Voors

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    The gendered impacts of COVID-19 in Mozambique: Challenges and way forward

    Despite reducing gender inequalities over the past two decades, COVID-19 threatens to erode Mozambique’s gains as the pandemic’s social and economic consequences disproportionately impact women and girls. To prevent backsliding and continue progress towards gender equality, Mozambique needs greater investments in access to basic services, enhanced social protection...

    4 Mar 2021 | Egas Daniel

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    Energy and empowerment in Lebanon: Impact of reliable energy supply in changing women’s lives

    The effects of poor-quality energy supply are not gender neutral, and fall more heavily on women. New research from Lebanon explores how sustained energy access enhances women’s day-to-day lives and better protects female-headed households. While access to sustainable energy is a necessary development goal for all countries, the co-benefits brought to gender equity should...

    3 Mar 2021 | Ali Ahmad

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    Four ideas to bring clean power to fragile states

    Energy access has the potential to catalyse enormous social and economic gains in fragile states. Below are four ideas from global leaders to make this a reality.  Affordable and reliable electricity is critical to improve education, health, and job creation, and can contribute significantly to peace and stability. Without it, fragile countries will be left even further...

    2 Mar 2021 | Emilie Yam

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    The impact of COVID-19 on smallholder farmers in India and the way forward

    IGC’s look at COVID-19’s economic influence in developing countries continued with an event focused on India, where the pandemic reveals the increasing vulnerabilities of smallholder farmers and an agricultural market badly in need of reform. Nearly 90% of India’s agricultural sector is made up of small and marginal farmers. These farmers are particularly...

    1 Mar 2021 | Kumar Das, Bijeta Mohanty

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    Powering up energy investments in fragile states

    On 24 February, 2021, IGC’s Council on State Fragility and the g7+ Group of 20 fragile and conflict-affected countries launched the Call to Action: Powering up energy investments in fragile states. On this occasion, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (former President of Liberia), Namita Vikas (Founder and managing Partnrs, auctusESG) , David Cameron (Former Prime Minister, United...

    24 Feb 2021 | Siobhan McDonough , Camilla Sacchetto

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    How the pandemic can be a catalyst for city climate action

    Recovering from the socioeconomic shock of COVID-19 will not be easy. Effective decisions on where to put investment will be the key to unlocking greater prosperity for developing cities. We discuss what actions developing cities could focus on to kickstart their economies while helping the global fight against climate change. The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic...

    23 Feb 2021 | Serge de Gheldere , Oliver Harman

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    The value of a ‘seat at the table’: Elite interference in Lebanon’s public procurement

    Elites in weak bureaucracies have ample incentives to interfere in public procurement. New research from Lebanon shows how billions of dollars in foreign infrastructure funding are more likely to be contracted to firms that are politically well-connected. To improve public infrastructure procurement, greater accountability from elites is needed. The explosion at...

    22 Feb 2021 | Mounir Mahmalat , Sami Atallah, Wassim Maktabi