This page highlights results and analysis on the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 in low- and lower-middle-income countries. We also feature selected articles on ensuring this evidence is used to improve the pandemic response and recovery.

AeC Program
Blog

Most schools throughout Latin America have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the school closures, nearly 8 million Peruvian students, from preschool to high school, are stuck at home....

MedGlobal volunteer in Colombia
Blog

In the past months, we have worked with decision-makers from 10 different countries where IPA has a permanent presence to develop panel surveys to answer their most pressing questions. The process...

Buses in Bangladesh. Credit Francisco Anzola.
Event

On June 11, 2020, IPA and the Yale Research Initiative on Innovation & Scale (Y-RISE) hosted the first webinar in the RECOVR Webinar Series: Bringing Evidence to COVID-19 Policy...

A busy street in Dhaka
Blog

To help mitigate gaps in the current crisis response, IPA is pivoting an existing research project with Bangladesh’s government on digital payments to respond to COVID-19’s challenges.

Publication

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens lives and livelihoods, and, with that, has created immediate challenges for institutions that serve affected communities. We focus on implications for local...

Child Washing Hands
Event

On May 11, 2020, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) held a webinar titled “Increasing Handwashing Adherence: Lessons from Rigorous Evidence,” which covered evidence from rigorous research on...

Figure 1: Social-Distancing and Domestic Violence Calls
RECOVR Study

Evidence suggests that during the COVID-19 lockdown, alcohol consumption has increased and income has gone down among several households in Mexico City. The existing literature relates alcohol...

IPA Côte d'Ivoire Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Ministry of Employment and Social Protection
Blog

IPA is building on existing relationships and responding to dozens of policy partners to ensure that in our case, the answer is “yes.” We are working hard to understand exactly what questions...

Woman walking in refugee camp in Bangladesh
Study

Forcibly displaced people often live in overcrowded camps in countries with struggling health systems, making this population highly vulnerable to COVID‐19. In the Cox’s Bazar district of...

Monrovia, Liberia
Blog

As women around the globe are increasingly quarantined, they are also exposed to increased risk of intimate partner violence (IPV).

First Page of Working Paper
RECOVR Study

More than 1.5 billion students have to stay at home due to COVID-19 school closures, more than 90 percent of total enrolled learners (UNESCO, 04.01.2020). To ensure learning continuity, students...

First Page of Working Paper
RECOVR Study

In this project, the researchers conduct high-frequency phone surveys on a panel of women who work in garment factories in Ethiopia’s largest industrial park in the city of Hawassa to document how...

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Blog

The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing research projects around the world to move from face-to-face data collection to shorter, phone-based methods using SMS messages or voice calls. As research...

Sierra Leone surveyors
Blog

New findings related to the 2014-15 Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone have implications for health systems in the current COVID-19 crisis. 

Graph: More than 85 percent of Senegalese have seen a reduction in income.
RECOVR Study

This survey aims to gather information on a representative sample of 1,000 respondents to understand how they are affected by the COVID-19 crisis, how well they follow mitigation measures, their...