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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  • Taiz and the Health-Peace Nexus Governing Covid-19 in the City

    University of Edinburgh, 2021
    Prior to the first recorded Covid-19 case in Yemen in April 2020, the economic warfare waged by all conflict parties had destroyed vital infrastructure and left 24 million Yemenis seeking aid. As Yemen prepared for the arrival of Covid-19, the Houthis had begun their advances on Marib governorate, the remaining stronghold governorate in the north still supportive of the government....
  • The Impact of Covid-19 on Research Methods and Approaches

    Institute of Development Studies UK, 2021
    The Covid-19 pandemic, and measures to contain the spread of the virus, such as border closures, quarantine requirements, mandatory PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests, curfews, and social distancing requirements, have had a significant impact on research methods and approaches. Most of the available literature assumes that remote data collection is the only viable means of collecting primary data during the pandemic, so that is the focus of this report....
  • The New Era of Unconditional Convergence

    Center for Global Development, USA, 2021
    The central fact that has motivated the empirics of economic growth—namely unconditional divergence—is no longer true and has not been so for decades. Across a range of data sources, poorer countries have in fact been catching up with richer ones, albeit slowly, since the mid-1990s. This new era of convergence does not stem primarily from growth moderation in the rich world but rather from accelerating growth in the developing world, which has simultaneously become remarkably less volatile and more persistent....
  • The Right to Protection of Forcibly Displaced Persons During the Covid-19 Pandemic

    Institute of Development Studies UK, 2021
    The unprecedented shutdown of borders and restrictions on migration in response to the Covid-19 pandemic have put the core principles of refugee protection to test and resulted in the erosion of the right to asylum and violations of the principle of non-refoulment (no one should be returned to a country where they would face torture; cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment; or punishment and other irreparable harm)....
  • The Socioeconomic Impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Forcibly Displaced Persons

    Institute of Development Studies UK, 2021
    Covid-19 and the response and mitigation efforts taken to contain the virus have triggered a global crisis impacting on all aspects of life. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic for forcibly displaced persons (refugees, internally displaced persons and asylum seekers) extends beyond its health impacts and includes serious socioeconomic and protection impacts....
  • Tracking the Scale and Speed of the World Bank’s Covid Response: April 2021 Update

    Center for Global Development, USA, 2021
    In 2020 the World Bank announced its intention to provide $104 billion in financing to developing country governments to help them respond to the COVID-19 crisis. We took stock of those efforts seven months ago in a Center for Global Development working paper and accompanying blog post....
  • War, Peace, and the In Between: Comparing Regional Responses to COVID-19

    University of Edinburgh, 2021
    Podcast outlining the findings of a mapping exercise looking at the effects of Covid-19 around governance and accountability of responses in Southern Africa and the continent. We ask how these responses might change governance going forward, and how each organisation is collaborating with other organisations and actors in the international system. Featuring special guests Dr Kathryn Nash and Hannah den Boer from the University of Edinburgh alongside Nicholas Maple from the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg....
  • Covid Collective Research for Policy and Practice: Covid-19: Community resilience in urban informal settlements

    Institute of Development Studies UK, 2021
    Around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated differences that already existed. Health outcomes and the economic impacts of resulting lockdowns have not been evenly distributed and inequalities have deepened. As the pandemic began, there were widespread concerns for the urban poor. Population density and limited service provision in informal neighbourhoods meant that standard measures to reduce transmission were difficult or impossible. Livelihoods based on day labour and the unskilled service economy were also most seriously affected by the resulting lockdowns....
  • An interactive tracker for ceasefires in the time of Covid-19

    University of Edinburgh, 2020
    COVID-19 poses a distinct health challenge in conflict-affected states. Conflict has been recognised as a direct threat to health and a factor that complicates responses to health crises. Reflecting these challenges, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for a global ceasefire to stop violent conflict and assist addressing the pandemic....
  • Lives vs. Livelihoods Revisited: Should Poorer Countries with Younger Populations Have Equally Strict Lockdowns

    Center for Global Development, USA, 2020
    Governments around the world have taken drastic measures to control the spread of coronavirus. Public debate has understandably focused on the differences across countries; however, there has been surprising uniformity in the severity of lockdowns and other containment measures between rich and poor countries, as data from Oxford University’s “Stringency Index” shows (Figure 1). This fairly homogenous lockdown strategy has spanned much of South Asia and Latin America, which have been ravaged by the pandemic, and many countries in Africa, which appear to have contained it quite effectively....


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