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    The shadow pandemic: Gender-based violence and COVID-19

    Increases in gender-based violence during lockdowns, labelled the “shadow pandemic” by the UN, threaten the lives and livelihoods of women and girls in Africa’s largest economy. Nigeria has long been facing a gender-based violence crisis, with 30% of women and girls aged 15-49 having experienced sexual abuse. Lack of coordination amongst key stakeholders and poor...

    19 May 2020 | Jessica Caroline Young, Camron Aref-Adib

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    Smart containment and social protection: Lessons from Kenya’s COVID-19 fight

    During a time of high uncertainty, the Kenyan government has taken careful and considered steps towards containing COVID-19, while keeping as much of the economy functioning as possible. To work most effectively, the government’s smart containment strategy must be informed by data – more extensive COVID-19 testing is critical for this. As with many other African...

    18 May 2020 | Sarah Logan

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    IGC’s response to COVID-19: A message from IGC’s Executive Director

    The IGC’s overriding strategic priority in this period is to support developing country governments as they design and implement their COVID-19 policy response. We are focusing our research efforts, our country teams, and our policy relationships on providing this support. As the COVID-19 crisis has spread to developing countries, it has become clear that the impact on...

    14 May 2020 | Jonathan Leape

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    Impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on vegetable value chains in Ethiopia

    Measures to contain COVID-19 are expected to have significant effects on food value chains—but with important differences between commodities. Horticultural products are expected to be especially vulnerable because of their seasonal labour requirements and high perishability. In a recent survey, Seneshaw Tamru, Kalle Hirvonen, and Bart Minten tried to assess immediate...

    14 May 2020 | Seneshaw Beyene, Kalle Kalle Hirvonen, Bart Minten

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    Responding to the impacts of COVID-19 on informal workers in South Asia

    Informal workers contribute the most to the economy in the region but are excluded from the legal and contractual protections of formal workers. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold across the world, informal workers remain exceptionally vulnerable to the economic and labour market shocks of the pandemic. Many of these workers are likely to lose their jobs and face...

    13 May 2020 | Hina Shaikh

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    Managing access to healthcare in Mozambique during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Authors’ note: This work is being co-developed with Janeth Dula, Sergio Chicumbe and Eduardo Samo Gudo from the National Institute of Health at the Ministry of Health in Mozambique. Low-cost solutions, like scheduled appointments, can improve healthcare delivery and medication adherence, while reducing vulnerability to infection. The district hospital of Nicoadala in...

    11 May 2020 | Margaret McConnel, Maria Steenland, Sandra Sequeira, Amanda Albuquerque, Juliana Portella

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    Mozambique’s response to COVID-19: Challenges and questions

    The pandemic presents global challenges. How will countries with existing challenges and limited healthcare and revenue capacity respond to the crisis? Within a couple of days of the first case of COVID-19 being reported in Mozambique, the government put into place a stringent set of rules to control mobility. All sports and cultural activities were suspended, several...

    5 May 2020 | Miguel Angel Jimenez, Egas Daniel

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    COVID-19 underscores need to overhaul social policies across Africa

    Social assistance transfers fail to reach the poorest sections of the population in sub-Saharan Africa. The COVID-19 crisis requires an expansion of our relief efforts beyond traditional social transfers, and is a call to re-envision social policy once we emerge from the carnage of this crisis. COVID-19 is as egalitarian as climate change. In that, it is not (Dell et al.,...

    4 May 2020 | Nidhi Parekh

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    Behavioural economics of lockdown compliance: In search of lost time and well-behaved neighbours

    There are some crucial insights that behavioural economics and surrounding psychological evidence can bring to bear on public policies of a lockdown. Such insights are particularly pertinent to leveraging humans' 'predictable irrationality' in its design. Applying this evidence suggests that, where lockdowns are implemented, it might be better for policymakers to impose...

    4 May 2020 | Oliver Harman, Victoria Delbridge

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    Event highlights: Global leadership to support Africa’s response to COVID-19

    Part of IGC's response to addressing the economic challenges of COVID-19 in developing countries is a series of online public events that explore the role of global leadership in assisting developing countries, the economic impact of the pandemic in the Middle East, and what policy measures are needed to address the challenges facing migrant workers in...

    2 May 2020 | Jamie Green, Laura Sili