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 Rwanda, the survey is building on an ongoing research and policy partnership with the Rwanda Education Board to inform the design of distance learning programs by incorporating questions about students’ home environments and current access to technology.
- More than 70% of respondents say they feel their household is at risk of contracting COVID-19. For those who don’t feel at risk, almost 30% report it is because they follow preventive measures.
- More than 50% of households say they have had to reduce food consumption in the past week.
- Almost 80% of respondents say they have had to deplete savings to pay for food, healthcare, or other expenses since February 2020.
- 80% of employed individuals have earned less pay than they did in a typical week before the government closed schools.
- Households report that 80% of children in primary and secondary school are spending time on education at home since schools were closed.