Covid Collective

The Covid-19 pandemic is a global crisis requiring rapid generation of policy-relevant evidence to inform decision-making as we move from crisis to recovery phase and beyond.

The Covid Collective is a global partnership of research organisations supporting the co-generation, curation, mobilisation and exchange of emerging evidence to inform the global response to the pandemic.

The research portfolio and work of the collective is overseen by an FCDO and IDS Executive Committee supported by an Advisory Group made up of representation from partner institutions to help guide the evolution of the Collective. The publications presented in this collection are outputs of the Collective and it's partners.

The Covid Collective offers a rapid social science research response to inform decision-making on some of the most pressing Covid-19 related development challenges.

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  • An Opportunity in Crisis? Covid-19 and State-community Relations in Taiz

    University of Edinburgh, 2021
    When many parts of the world began to shut down public life to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in March 2020, observers hoped that Yemen was better placed to avoid the impact of the pandemic due to the near-shut down of international travel.(1) Unfortunately, the virus did not spare Yemen, and added more hardship to a country already facing devastating economic, health, and political crises....
  • Art as a Tool of Local Peace

    University of Edinburgh, 2021
    First of a series of three stories looking at the role of youth in local peacemaking in Syrian opposition-held area in the northwest of the country. They are students, artists, civil society members, and entrepreneurs of peace in a country at war for more than a decade. Most of them are too young to have a clear recollection of Syria before the conflict, but they are all committed to building a future free from violence and suffering....
  • Ceasefires in a Time of Covid-19

    University of Edinburgh, 2020
    This podcast examines how parties engaged in armed conflict have reacted to the Covid-19 pandemic, and whether attempts to reach a global ceasefire have been successful. Featuring special guests Laura Wise and Fiona Knäussel from the University of Edinburgh’s Political Settlements Research Programme alongside Therese Lynch from mediatEUr....
  • Challenges and Prospects of Youth Employment in the Post-COVID Scenario

    BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, 2021
    Public health measures taken to contain the spread of COVID-19 have caused massive shocks to the global economy and all aspects of human lives. The pandemic is disproportionately affecting the youths, particularly in countries like Bangladesh where youths already struggle in the labour market because of limited experience and skills and with poor quality of education (World Bank, 2019). Because of the pandemic, youths are competing with more experienced candidates for fewer jobs....
  • Covid-19: Tool of Conflict or Opportunity for Peace in Northwest Syria?

    University of Edinburgh, 2021
    Evidence shows that local communities played a central role in mitigating the impact of Covid-19, helping to bridge the governance gap in northwest Syria. As Covid-19 was spreading across the world in the early months of 2020, Russia and Turkey reached a ceasefire deal in the contested Idlib province. Syria entered a year where there was a relative lull in fighting and bloodshed. But nearly a decade of violent conflict put a strain on the capacity and resources of governmental bodies to mitigate the impact of Covid19 on the 13.4 million Syrian people in need of humanitarian assistance....
  • Delocalization and Uprooting: The adverse impact of peace in Syria

    University of Edinburgh, 2021
    The military intervention of Russia alongside President Bashar al-Assad in Syria in September 2015 was a game changer in the conflict that erupted in March 2011. In addition to changing the predicament on the ground in favour of the Syrian regime, the Russian presence in Syria altered the nature of local peacemaking in areas recaptured from opposition forces. The destructive battle for Eastern Ghouta – largely won by the Syrian regime – prompted opposition forces to negotiate their exit from cities and villages around Damascus after five years of siege (April 2013-April 2018)....
  • Disability among Older People: Analysis of Data from Disability Surveys in Six Low- and Middle-Income Countries

    London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2021
    This analysis of surveys from six low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) aimed to (i) estimate the prevalence of disability among older adults and (ii) compare experiences and participation in key life areas among older people with and without disabilities which may show vulnerability during the COVID-19 pandemic. Data were analysed from district-level or national surveys in Cameroon, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Nepal and the Maldives, which across the six databases totalled 3499 participants aged 60 years and above including 691 people with disabilities....
  • Ethiopia Covid-19 Poverty Monitor

    Overseas Development Institute, 2021
    CPAN Covid-19 Poverty Monitor bulletins are compiled using a combination of original qualitative data collection from a small number of affected people in each country, interviews with local leaders and community development actors, and secondary data from a range of available published sources. Interviews for this bulletin were conducted between 29 December 2020 and 25 February 2021 in Amhara (eight households, two key informants), Oromia (five households, two key informants) and Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNP) (eight households, two key informants)....
  • Getting the politics right to grow the trees right

    International Institute for Environment and Development, 2021
    IIED and partners identified the conditions under which high-profile tree-planting campaigns might work – resulting in the right trees in the right places, with the right incentives for the right people to take care of them – in the context of post-COVID-19 recovery. ...
  • How Biden Can End Vaccine Apartheid

    Center for Global Development, USA, 2021
    Building on spectacular scientific achievements, the rich world’s vaccine response to the pandemic within its borders has been (with notable exceptions) commendable. But the response of the international community has been mystifyingly myopic and unconscionably delinquent. We’re headed toward global vaccine apartheid....


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