Posts tagged as: pandemic

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    How clean hands can save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Handwashing with soap is the first line of defence against COVID-19. But without active support to improve water, sanitation and hygiene, the world is much more likely to experience prolonged and repeated pandemics. On June 1st, 9-year-old Stephen Wamukota received the Kenyan presidential award for inventing a pedal-operated hand-washing machine. The contraption, fashioned...

    30 Jun 2020 | Sebastian Kriticos, Naison Mutizwa-Mangiza

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    Empowering our cities to fight the pandemics of the future

    Members of the Cities that Work council come together to delineate the critical challenges that need to be addressed to equip our cities to withstand pandemics. Cities accomplish many wonderful things - they enable people to exchange ideas, goods and services, and many other forms of collaboration. However, the fact that they serve as international and national...

    18 Jun 2020 | Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE, Paul Collier, Edward Glaeser, Astrid Haas, Craig Kesson, Jonathan Leape, Jennifer Musisi, Naison Mutizwa-Mangiza, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, Tony Venables

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    Torn safety nets: How COVID-19 has exposed huge inequalities in global education

    In 2018, 258 million children of primary and secondary school age were out of school. Now, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 1.2 billion children find themselves out of school, at least physically. In both the developed and developing worlds, schools have been more than just places of learning; policy designs have moulded them into safety nets for children....

    9 Jun 2020 | Nikita Sharma

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    A window into life during COVID-19 in developing countries

    Our country economists in Ghana, Mozambique, Myanmar, and South Africa share insights on how lives have changed during the pandemic. With over 360,000 global deaths from COVID-19 as of writing, the pandemic has affected and upended daily life in almost every single country in the world, including all of the countries that IGC works in. While our in-country teams are...

    3 Jun 2020 | Emilie Yam

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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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    The structural constraints limiting Zambia’s economic response to COVID-19

    Health pandemics, like other calamities, are great revealers. Not only do they come at a colossal cost to human life, but often expose and lay bare the structural problems riddling an economy. The COVID-19 pandemic is emblematic of this. It has affected 184 countries around the world with preliminary estimates indicating that it will cost the global economy at least USD 1...

    22 Apr 2020 | Twivwe Siwale

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    Pandemics amidst fragilities: Implications and risks in the time of COVID-19

    The challenges that conflict-affected and fragile settings face in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are distinct and arguably greater than in rest of the world. The current crisis could exacerbate on-going systemic fragilities to a breaking point if not managed promptly. It is critical for response policies in these settings to target contextual sources of fragility...

    8 Apr 2020 | Camilla Sacchetto

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    Debt relief for pain relief: Public finances and COVID-19 in low-income countries

    As public health systems and economies grind to a halt, it is becoming increasingly clear that the impact of COVID-19 will reverberate throughout the global economy for years to come. Prior to this emergency, multilateral organisations were already warning that debt sustainability in low-income countries was deteriorating. Now, the World Bank and IMF have called on...

    3 Apr 2020 | Nick Wilkinson

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    Could the economic cost outpace the health impact of COVID-19 in Africa?

    The policy response to the COVID-19 crisis in African countries should not only factor in their weak health capacity, but also the extreme economic vulnerability of its population. It is April 2020 and nearly the entire world is under lockdown to fight COVID-19. Whole sections of the economy have effectively been put on pause. It took 67 days between the first reported...

    3 Apr 2020 | Astrid Haas, Matthieu Teachout