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January 14, 2021

By Luciana Debenedetti, Jeff Mosenkis, and Rachel Strohm

In this seventh installment—our first one for 2021—of our RECOVR Roundup series, we are sharing new findings and analysis from the RECOVR Research Hub and from our partner organizations, as well as links on what is happening in the Social Protection landscape in response to COVID-19. Read the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth installments if you missed them, and sign up for our mailing list if you'd like to receive this roundup series directly to your inbox. 

As always, we encourage you to write to our team...

Media Coverage
January 05, 2021

La República covers the impact of an IPA-valued VAT cash assistance program on building household financial resilience during the pandemic.

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December 29, 2020

Editor’s Note: this is the second in a series of posts about adapting an ongoing policy project about digital payments with Bangladesh’s government to the current COVID-19 crisis.   In the first blog post of this series published in May, IPA was newly transitioning to phone surveys during the pandemic. IPA has been working with A2i, a branch of the Bangladesh government which helps to ensure access to public services, to help monitor the digitization process of government social support payments to three vulnerable populations: elderly pensioners, widows, and disabled people by transitioning...
Media Coverage
December 26, 2020

WIRED covers new efforts in Togo where IPA is working with researchers Josh Blumenstock, the Center for Effective Global Action, GiveDirectly, and others to use new data tools, including satellite data to quickly locate and distribute cash to those who need it most during the COVID crisis.

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December 10, 2020

By Luciana Debenedetti, Jeff Mosenkis, and Rachel Strohm

In this sixth installment—our last one for 2020—of our RECOVR Roundup series, we are sharing new findings and analysis from the RECOVR Research Hub and from our partner organizations—as well as links on what is happening in the Social Protection landscape in response to COVID-19. Read the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth installments if you missed them, and sign up for our mailing list if you'd like to receive this roundup series directly to your inbox. 

We look forward to resuming this Roundup series in the new...

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November 19, 2020

By Luciana Debenedetti, Jeff Mosenkis, and Rachel Strohm

In this fifth installment of our RECOVR Roundup series, we are sharing new findings and analysis from the RECOVR Research Hub and from our partner organizations—as well as links on what is happening in the Social Protection landscape in response to COVID-19. Read the first, second, third, and fourth installment if you missed them, and sign up for our mailing list if you'd like to receive this roundup series directly to your inbox.

New Findings & Analysis Uganda: Updates from the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement

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November 05, 2020

By Luciana Debenedetti, Jeff Mosenkis, and Rachel Strohm

In this fourth installment of our RECOVR Roundup series, we are sharing new findings and analysis from the RECOVR Research Hub and from our partner organizations—as well as links on what is happening in the Social Protection landscape in response to COVID-19. Read the first, second, and third installment if you missed them, and sign up for our mailing list if you'd like to receive this roundup series directly to your inbox.

New Findings & Analysis Ethiopia: The global reach of the pandemic

Female garment industry...

Media Coverage
October 26, 2020

In the Boston Globe, Jina Moore writes on how thinking on cash transfers as a form of aid has changed over the years. She reviews the evidence, including a study on cash and nutrition conducted by IPA in Rwanda.

Illustration graphic summarizing the conference topics. Obtained via socialprotection.org
October 22, 2020

By Luciana Debenedetti, Jeff Mosenkis, and Rachel Strohm

In this third installment of our RECOVR Roundup series, we are sharing new findings and analysis from the RECOVR Research Hub and from our partner organizations—as well as links on what is happening in the Social Protection landscape in response to COVID-19. Read the first and second installment if you missed them, and sign up for our mailing list if you'd like to receive this roundup series directly to your inbox.

New Findings & Analysis Peru: Assessing the reach and effects of COVID-19 among rural people in the...
Figure 1: Changes in Food Security Pre- and Post-COVID
October 08, 2020

By Luciana Debenedetti, Jeff Mosenkis, and Rachel Strohm

In this second installment of our RECOVR Roundup series, we are sharing new findings and analysis from the RECOVR Research Hub and from our partner organizations—as well as links on what is happening in the Social Protection landscape in response to COVID-19. Read the first installment here, and sign up for our mailing list if you'd like to receive this roundup series directly to your inbox.

New Findings & Analysis Did COVID-19 worsen seasonal food insecurity for poor rural farmers?

In rural Liberia and Malawi,...

UBI study in Kenya
September 29, 2020

Research Associate Bonnyface Mwangi conducts a training on the Household Survey for the original UBI endline in Siaya, Kenya (before the COVID-19 study).

Editor’s note: IPA was working on a randomized controlled trial of Universal Basic income with GiveDirectly and Professors Tavneet Suri, Paul Niehaus, Abhijit Banerjee, Michael Faye, and the late Alan Krueger, when the COVID-19 crisis hit. In nearly 195 villages in Western Kenya all adults over 18 years old had been receiving basic incomes—either in a lump sum, regular payments for two years, or regular payments for 12 years (...

Media Coverage
September 29, 2020

Vox's Future Perfect covers a study with IPA Kenya on the impact of a universal basic income (UBI) trial on personal and economic well-being. A recent paper on the study indicates UBI may help vulnerable households during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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September 25, 2020

By Luciana Debenedetti, Jeff Mosenkis, and Rachel Strohm

In our new RECOVR Roundup series, we are sharing new findings and analysis from the RECOVR Research Hub and from our partner organizations—as well as links on what is happening in the Social Protection landscape in response to COVID-19.

New Findings & Analysis Key Decisions for COVID-19 Social Protection in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Who Benefits and How?

How should policymakers decide what type of support to provide to vulnerable citizens during the pandemic, and which individuals should benefit? This...

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September 09, 2020

Photo: World Bank / Ousmane Traore

By June 2020, 277 cash transfers programs in 131 countries have been introduced in response to COVID-19. This figure includes 98 existing programs which were scaled up, and 179 completely new initiatives.1 As countries turn to cash transfer programs as a way to quickly provide economic relief to households affected by COVID-19, digital cash transfers—for example, via direct deposits to bank accounts or mobile money transfers—have gained importance as an efficient and safe way to disburse funds at scale.

However,...

Food security
July 10, 2020

By Charles Amoatey, Elliott Collins, and Madeleen Husselman

In March, Ghana, like much of the world, adopted social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. Measures included the closings of schools and universities, suspension of gatherings of over 25 people, and partial lockdowns in major urban areas. 

So far, like most West African countries, Ghana has avoided the worst of the virus’s health toll. However, in low- and middle-income countries like Ghana, the pandemic’s socio-economic consequences may exceed the immediate health ones and even cost more lives....

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