Showing all Publications in Covid 19

  • Publication - Project Report

    Impact of COVID-19 on fresh produce supply chains: Evidence from Pakistan

    25 Oct 2022 | Ijaz Nabi, Sher Afghan Asad, Omar Gondal, Zoha Awais, Massab Qayum

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Impact of COVID-19 on fresh produce supply chains

    Farming remains the predominant occupation and source of income for 48% of the population of Punjab, Pakistan. Recent studies have provided suggestive evidence on the exploitation of farmers by middlemen through low offer prices and informal loans. Very little research has been done to investigate this influential position occupied by the different tiers of...

    25 Oct 2022 | Ijaz Nabi, Sher Afghan Asad, Omar Gondal, Shirin Naz, Irfan Dogar

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Recovery from the COVID-19 shock and the informal labour market in urban Uganda

    We conducted a phone survey of a representative sample of manufacturing firms and their workers in Uganda in Spring 2022, two years after the onset of the pandemic. We find that the second lockdown implemented in Uganda in June- July 2021 resulted in a sharp increase in business closures, but these were largely temporary. However, a sizeable share of firm owners...

    25 Jul 2022 | Vittorio Bassi, Jung Hyuk Lee, Alessandra Peter, Tommaso Porzio, Ritwika Sen, Esau Tugume

  • Publication - Project Report

    Recovery from the COVID-19 shock and the informal labour market in urban Uganda

    As coronavirus cases escalated across developing countries in 2021, many governments reimposed harsh lockdown policies, reversing months of gradual economic recovery. This was also true in Uganda, where public transport and non-essential businesses were suspended for 42 days (Presidential order, 18 June 2021) echoing a prior shutdown through April-June 2020. These...

    7 Jul 2022 | Vittorio Bassi, Jung Hyuk Lee, Alessandra Peter, Tommaso Porzio, Ritwika Sen, Esau Tugume

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Does energy access increase resilience against COVID-19?

    This working paper is based on research co-financed by IGC and Energy Economic Growth (EEG) in Sierra Leone and led by the Wageningen University in the Netherlands. The research compares 54 communities that received solar PV powered mini grids under a FCDO / UNOPS programme with 54 similar communities without mini-grids. The aim was to assess the economic impact of the...

    10 Feb 2022 | Laura Langbeen, Joseph Levine, Madison Levine, Niccoló Meriggi, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Vasudha Ramakrishna, Lennart Sattlegger, Maarten Voors

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Subnational income, convergence, and the COVID-19 pandemic

    This brief investigates the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on gross national income in Pakistan and its districts. To address the lack of available data, we developed a machine-learning algorithm that can predict economy activity in real time by leveraging administrative, night-light, and other real-time data. Urban districts in Pakistan drove the slow-down in...

    8 Nov 2021 | Ali Choudhary, Ijlal Haqqani, Federico Lenzi, Nicola Limodio

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on household food security in rural Bihar

    Based on a survey conducted in rural Bihar, this study aims to provide evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on food and nutrition security by focusing on rural vulnerable households. The study shows that food insecurity of rural Bihar’s households increased significantly since the pandemic, and the severity of the impact felt when compared to the diverse marginal...

    29 Oct 2021 | Sunil Kumar Mishra, Swati Dutta, Aditi Madan

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    City of dreams no more, a year on: Worklessness and active labour market policies in urban India

    Ten months on from the lockdown months of April to June 2020 in India, we conducted a new field survey in lower-income states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh during February and March 2021. The new survey expanded coverage of the target group through a boost sample of individuals who have lost work due to the pandemic. Forty percent of recontacted workers...

    3 Aug 2021 | Swati Dhingra, Fjolla Kondirolli

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    COVID-19 vaccine acceptance in low- and middle-income countries and recommendations to increase uptake

    This study, published in Nature Medicine, analyses willingness to vaccinate against COVID-19 from surveys covering 10 low- and middle-income countries in Asia, Africa, and South America. Willingness to vaccinate is considerably higher in these low- and middle-income countries (80% of respondents) than in the United States (65%) and Russia (30%). The results...

    19 Jul 2021 |

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Tracking prices during COVID-19 in Kenya and Uganda

    This project serves as a proof of concept exploring whether it is possible to collect high-quality, high-frequency price data at scale through a crowd-sourcing approach. We collected over 39,000 price quotes of essential food items in Kenya and Uganda between April 2020 and mid-March 2021, featuring a wide geographic coverage. The findings suggest that prices were...

    9 Jul 2021 | George Kinyanjui, Doreen Rubatsimbira , Verena Wiedemann