Economic coping with COVID-19 shutdown measures directly influence households’ ability to comply with public health policies such as social distancing, which may be especially challenging in a refugee setting. Researchers will collect phone survey data from participants of a USAID-funded Graduation study with refugees and neighboring communities of the Kamwenge refugee settlement in Western Uganda. The on-going study tests how Graduation-style interventions can help participants in a post-conflict setting of a refugee settlement improve food and nutrition security and self-reliance. The additional data in the context of COVID-19 will allow us to document to what extent the interventions help participants cope with extreme economy-wide shocks. We will also partner with local organizations to include survey questions that will be used directly to inform their local policy response to the pandemic.
Funding for this project was provided by the UK Department for International Development.