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– Insights from the sub-Saharan African experience
Michael Danquah, Simone Schotte, Kunal Sen - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

  Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic poses important risks for people’s health and economic wellbeing. While the full socio-economic consequences remain uncertain, the pandemic’s impact on the labour market has become an issue of global concern. Especially low-...

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– The case of Kenya
Maureen Were - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

The COVID-19 pandemic has now spread to over 180 countries, including several countries in sub-Saharan Africa.1 Kenya reported its first COVID-19 case on 13 March 2020. By 31 March the number of confirmed cases had risen to 59, with over 70 per cent of infections in Nairobi. As at 22 April 2020,...

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– The case of South Africa
Amina Ebrahim - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

What has the government of South Africa done with respect to COVID-19 measures of mitigation and suppression? The first COVID-19 positive case was confirmed on 5 March 2020. Just ten days later, South Africa had 61 positive cases and President Ramaphosa addressed the country, calling for...

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– The case of India
Kunal Sen - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

Several countries have enacted lockdown measures in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to protect their health systems and reduce the number of mortalities. One of the most extreme national lockdown measures has been taken by the government of India, with over 1.3 billion persons put under a...

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– Are LDCs being left behind?
Giovanni Valensisi - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper provides a preliminary assessment of COVID-19’s impact on global poverty in the light of the IMF’s April 2020 growth forecasts. The analysis shows that the pandemic will have dramatic consequences, eroding many of the gains recorded over the last decade in terms of...

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– Italy and Kenya compared
Clive Bell - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

COVID-19 causes extremely high mortality among the old. This motivates a comparison of the losses of future lifetime years and future lifetime years of work ensuing from a hypothetical 25,000 excess deaths in Italy, whose affluent population is one of the world’s oldest, with those in...

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– The case of Ghana
Michael Danquah, Simone Schotte - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

The first two cases of COVID-19 were reported in Ghana on 12 March 2020 by the health ministry. As a first response, on 15 March all public gatherings were banned, all schools and universities were closed, and on 23 March all of the county's borders were closed. In the interest of public...

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Tony Addison, Kunal Sen, Finn Tarp - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

The COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented global crisis. The task for economic policy is to help keep people alive, enterprises afloat, and households out of poverty. The pandemic has macroeconomic dimensions. First, it affects macroeconomic stability and growth. Second, the tools of...

– Are women more affected?
Bina Agarwal - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

Globally, governments are using lockdowns to contain the spread of COVID-19. This has disproportionately affected the poor, the homeless, and the migrants who are left without livelihoods, especially where the lockdown is country-wide, as in India. But has it affected women more than men? If so,...

– Three guiding principles for a better deal
Marty Chen - , 0

The world is facing an existential crisis that poses challenging questions: whether to put people and nature before owners of capital and technology; whether to protect the rights of the disadvantaged or the interests of the elite. This is a defining moment to follow the call for racial and...

– COVID-19 in South Africa
Simone Schotte - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown regulations are likely to have a devastating impact on the incomes of workers and their dependents. Already disadvantaged groups will suffer disproportionately from the adverse effects. Low-income earners performing jobs in precarious, informal sectors...

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– COVID-19 and poverty incidence, intensity, and severity in developing countries
Andy Sumner, Eduardo Ortiz-Juarez, Chris Hoy - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper makes a set of estimates for the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on poverty incidence, intensity, and severity in developing countries and on the distribution of global poverty. We conclude there could be increases in poverty of a substantial magnitude—up to 400...

Ghassan Baliki, Tilman Brück, Neil T. N. Ferguson, Patricia Justino, Wolfgang Stojetz - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

People who live through extreme events are, often deeply, altered by the experiences they have. Even when those experiences take place predominantly in the physical realm, they are also events of consciousness. They come not only with physical impacts but also with emotional ones, and consequent...

Kunal Sen, Parantap Basu - Ideas for India, 2020

The novel Covid-19 is affecting the advanced countries in the Western Hemisphere disproportionately more than developing countries. In this post, Basu and Sen show that Covid-19 casualty is higher in countries where there is a large ageing population, and therefore question whether a draconian...

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– Assessing the relative effectiveness of egalitarian governance and healthcare system capacity on the COVID-19 pandemic
Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati, Arusha Cooray, Indra de Soysa - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

Scholars of public health typically focus on societal equity for explaining public health outcomes. Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a spate of studies showing a tight connection between inequitable access to healthcare, welfare services, and adverse outcomes from the pandemic. Others...

Arkebe Oqubay - Project Syndicate, 2020 - Prague, Czech Republic

There is no telling how long it will take to bring the COVID-19 coronavirus under control, or how many people will be affected. But African governments, in cooperation with communities and international actors, can take steps now to limit the damage – and lay the foundations for a...

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