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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Water, sanitation, and hygiene policy in the time of COVID-19

    Investing in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) is a no-regret policy for developing countries in the fight against COVID-19. According to numerous studies, for every $1 invested, the return in terms of healthcare savings, reduced time off work, and increased national productivity is between $2-4 for water and $5-9 for sanitation. This is particularly true for...

    30 Jun 2020 | Michael Blake, Edward Glaeser, Astrid Haas, Sebastian Kriticos, Naison Mutizwa-Mangiza

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    Protecting lives and livelihoods during the COVID-19 pandemic by shielding elderly populations

    Blanket lockdowns have proven to be unsustainable, particularly in developing countries. This brief examines how age-targeted policy measures could keep economies largely open while shielding the elderly and others with underlying health conditions. We find that in the presence of large informal sectors, limited fiscal space, and large numbers of households living...

    26 Jun 2020 | Titan Alon, James Dzansi, Minki Kim, David Lagakos, Henry Telli, Mitchell VanVuren

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Remittances in the time of COVID-19: Challenges and opportunities for growth in developing countries

    The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented restrictions on travel, trade, and economic activity, triggering a global economic crisis. Remittances to developing countries are falling sharply as a result. Migrant workers and their families, many dependent on the remittance flows sent from abroad, are expected to suffer acutely. This brief underscores the importance...

    16 Jun 2020 | Joevas Asare, Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde, Moussa Saab, Nan Sandi, Laura Sili, Nick Wilkinson, Dean Yang

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    R&D, Manufacturing and Delivery of Vaccines: A Global Deal in the Fight Against COVID-19

    Given the massive uncertainty surrounding how COVID-19 will play out in terms of health outcomes as well as economic and social outcomes, policymaking is as hard as it can possibly be. Measures that are sensible at the time they are taken may prove highly costly and ineffective in retrospect. No-regret policies are those that are worth doing now regardless of which...

    16 Jun 2020 | Stefan Dercon

  • Publication - Policy paper

    Note d'orientation COVID-19 d'IGC: Stratégies de confinement et soutien aux foyers vulnérables

    Dans tous les pays en développement, les décideurs politiques sont confrontés à la nécessité de prendre des décisions rapides pour répondre à la crise liée au COVID-19, avec peu de données ou de conseil à leur disposition. L'IGC s'efforce d'accompagner ces processus de prise de décision en augmentant l'apport de données et en distillant des orientations...

    11 Jun 2020 | Jonathan Leape

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    La prise de décisions politiques en période d'incertitude : le confinement intelligent avec apprentissage actif

    La pandémie de COVID-19 entraîne une crise sanitaire et économique d'une ampleur sans précédent pour cette génération. Avec des preuves limitées sur lesquelles s'appuyer, il est difficile de comprendre quelles politiques utiliser. Face à cette incertitude, des fermetures généralisées ont été imposées dans de nombreux pays développés et en...

    11 Jun 2020 | Astrid Haas, Adnan Khan, Asim Khwaja

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Smart containment: How low-income countries can tailor their COVID-19 response

    Low-income countries will have a much harder time putting their economies in a “medically induced coma” in response to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). They are home to many of the extreme poor, who, for the most part, have no option but to live in overcrowded conditions with limited access to clean water and sanitation. They work in the informal sector, often for a...

    11 Jun 2020 | Jishnu Das, Carolina Sánchez-Páramo

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Social protection in fragile states

    Despite various challenges, social protection is more important than ever right now for fragile countries that already house a large share of the world’s poor. The World Bank is estimating that the COVID-19 crisis has the potential to push about 40-60 million more people into extreme poverty, erasing decades of anti-poverty efforts. The World Bank has documented that...

    11 Jun 2020 | Rema Hanna

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Policymaking in uncertain times: Smart containment with active learning (Arabic version)

    تؤدي جائحة فيروس كورونا المستجد (COVID-19) إلى كوارث صحية واقتصادية بدرجة غير مسبوقة على هذا الجيل، ومع محدودية الأدلة التي يمكن الاعتماد عليها، يصعب فهم السياسات التي يجب استخدامها. في ظل هذه الأوقات...

    2 Jun 2020 | Astrid Haas, Adnan Khan, Asim Khwaja

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Tracking the economic consequences and responses to COVID-19 in Sierra Leone

    29 May 2020 | Niccoló Meriggi, Abou Bakarr Kamara, Macartan Humphreys, Herbert M'cleod, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Wilson Prichard, Peter van der Windt, Maarten Voors, Matthew Krupoff , Madison Levine, Ashwini Shridhar