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In the mediaSOUTHMOD study on the impact of COVID-19 in Africa gains attention in media and different outlets COVID-19 Africa Inequality
BlogCorona pandemic revealed gaps in African social security systems
Millions of Africans lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but state social security systems were of little help to people who lost their income...COVID-19 Income distribution Poverty
Journal ArticleMeasuring global poverty before and during the pandemic: A political economy of overoptimism
THIS ARTICLE IS ON EARLY VIEW. The contribution of this study is to question the ‘official’ estimates of global monetary poverty up to and during the COVID-19 pandemic...COVID-19 Crisis Global poverty
BlogAbove or below the poverty line: Three key questions for understanding shifts in global poverty
In 2010 and the following years, there was attention to the fact that much of global poverty had shifted to middle-income countries (for example here , here , and here )...COVID-19 Global poverty Crisis
Journal ArticleThe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the poor: Insights from the Hrishipara diaries
We examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the livelihoods of the poor in a semi-rural setting in Bangladesh...COVID-19 Lockdown Livelihoods
Working PaperAn assessment of the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on Kenya’s trade
We examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Kenya’s foreign trade using quarterly trade data for the period 2019 to the second quarter of 2021...Trade Kenya Exports
WorkshopCarlos Gradín at the UN-ESCAP Expert Group Meetings on Building Forward Fairer
The United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) holds a 3-day virtual conference to convene experts on social and economic policy for an inclusive recovery and inclusive development. The Expert Group Meetings invite...
Project workshopCOVID-19 impact and policy response across Indian States
The researchers under this component of The state and statebuilding in the Global South – international and local interactions project meet to discuss ongoing research on 'COVID-19 and the state —comparative experiences in the Global...
BlogThe pandemic and Africa's social safety net
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that African tax and social-benefit systems are currently ill-equipped to protect households from sudden income losses...Tax-benefit microsimulation SOUTHMOD Sub-Saharan Africa
BlogAn African in Africa: New perspectives on travelling for research
Working for an international organisation presents a host of challenges, given the vast nature of tasks that one must surmount in a fast paced and changing environment...Zambia Ghana Africa
BlogEfforts to protect the poor during COVID: How five African countries fared
The number of people living in poverty around the world is estimated to have increased by half a billion people due to the COVID-19 crisis...COVID-19 Sub-Saharan Africa Tax-benefit policy
Working PaperDynamic impacts of lockdown on domestic violence: Evidence from multiple policy shifts in Chile
We leverage staggered implementation of lockdown across Chile’s 346 municipalities, identifying dynamic impacts on domestic violence...Domestic violence Social protection COVID-19
Project workshopCOVID-19 and the State —comparative experiences in the Global South
BlogDr Pia Rattenhuber on inequality in crises — an interview
How do crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic influence inequality and the other way around? This year’s UN Day Dresden put a spotlight on “ Inequalities in Crises ”...Inequality COVID-19 Crisis
Working PaperCOVID-19 in Central America: effects of firm resilience and policy responses on employment
With data from the World Bank Enterprise Survey, this paper examines how firm-level resilience capabilities interact with government support in the reduction of lay-offs among formal firms in Central America...Capabilities Resilience COVID-19