Tracking how people’s lives are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can enable policymakers to better understand the situation in their countries and make data-driven policy decisions. To respond to this need, IPA has developed the RECOVR survey—a panel survey that will facilitate comparisons, document real-time trends of policy concern, and inform decision-makers about the communities that are hardest-hit by the economic toll of the pandemic. In Côte d'Ivoire, the survey is building on a partnership with the Ministry of Employment and surveying an existing sample of economically active respondents, with sections on employment and businesses and education tailored specifically to the country’s context. The survey will provide the Ministry with data on how the pandemic is affecting employment and business outcomes, particularly for youth and vulnerable populations, to inform its policy responses.
- 41% of respondents say they feel their household is at risk of contracting COVID-19. Those who do not feel at risk overwhelmingly cite following preventive measures as a reason
- More than 70% of respondents say they have had to deplete savings to pay for food since February 2020
- 65% of employed individuals have earned less pay than they did in a typical week before the government closed schools
- While 35% of employed individuals report spending fewer hours working, 47% report working the same hours working for pay/running a business/helping on a family business than they did in a typical week before the government closed schools
- 69% of respondents with children intend to continue to using Eneza once schools reopen