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. For a full list of studies with results, go here. To update an existing hub listing with results, contact us.

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With our partners, IPA is hosting the RECOVR Webinar Series: Bringing Evidence to COVID-19 Policy Responses in the Global South. In this series, we are sharing new research findings and policy...

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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...

Thumbnail Image of Working Paper by Kate Vybornyr: Persuasion and Public Health: Evidence from an Experiment with Religious Leaders during COVID-19 in Pakistan
RECOVR Study

The goal of this study is to test whether outreach with religious leaders in Pakistan can enhance state effectiveness at dealing with the COVID-19 public health crisis. State interactions with...

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As Colombia continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, it must—like many countries—address the twin concerns of protecting its population’s health and reactivating its hard-hit economy. The...

Thumbnail Image for First Page of Evidence Review Brief: Key Decisions for COVID-19 Social Protection in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
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The expansion of social protection programs has an important role to play in pandemic response. Cash transfers are an especially promising avenue, as they are effective at improving a number of...

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This event, co-hosted by the Center for Global Development (CGD) and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), explored questions about what good partnerships between researchers and policymakers look...

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In this tenth 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...

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Thumbnail Image of Title Page of the Philippines RECOVR Survey Brief on Key Findings for Keeping Children Engaged in Distance Learning
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To support government partners’ initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, IPA launched the Research for Effective COVID-19 Responses (RECOVR) Survey, a rapid response panel survey it has...

Thumbnail Image of Working Paper Title Page: Early Effects of the COVID-19 Lockdown on Children in Rural Bangladesh
RECOVR Study

Using data collected through a telephone-based survey in rural Bangladesh during the height of the pandemic, the researchers present evidence on the effects of COVID-19-led lockdown and school...

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This webinar shared findings from three evaluations that assess the impacts of cash transfers on recipients’ socioeconomic well-being in Kenya, Uganda, Liberia, and Malawi within the context of...

Thumbnail Image of Title Page of Working Paper: The Impact of Emergency Cash Assistance in a Pandemic: Experimental Evidence from Colombia
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Researchers study the impact of money on households during the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, Colombia rolled out a new unconditional cash transfer (UCT) to one million households in poverty...

Thumbnail of Title Slide: COVID-19 and Forced Displacement in the Global South Webinar on December 7
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On December 7, IPA, the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), and the Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement (JDC) held the second webinar in a mini-series focused on the impacts of COVID-...

COVID and Policing in Mexico
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To examine how COVID-19 has affected citizen perceptions and the challenges faced by the police, we conducted two complementary studies. The first, focused on public perceptions, was part of our...

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RECOVR Study

Social distancing is one of the most important health behaviors limiting the spread of COVID‐19, but people may practice it insufficiently for multiple reasons: they may not believe or realize...

Thumbnail Image of Title Page of Brief: The Effects of COVID-19 on Business and Employment in Ghana
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Business and employment around the world are being severely impacted by COVID-19, as 345 million full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs have been lost worldwide in the third quarter of 2020 alone and 45-...

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In a survey of residents in Zambia, IPA found that educational continuity, economic well-being, and food security are critical issues amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Policymakers must contend with...

Thumbnail Image of Cover Page of IFPRI Brief: Community Perceptions of the Social and Economics Impacts of COVID-19 in Myanmar
RECOVR Study

The Feed the Future Myanmar Agriculture Policy Support Activity (MAPSA) is a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded activity, led by the International Food Policy...

Thumbnail Image of Title Page of Brief: Cash Transfers in the Philippines: Empowering Households for Economic Recovery
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Amidst the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic and the emerging economic recovery, cash transfers can provide timely lifelines and economic assistance to households in need. The Philippines...

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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,...

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At IPA, we have been conducting a series of research projects on the targeted cash transfers and are highlighting recent research on social transfers and other related COVID-19 research on our...

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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...

Figure 1: Changes in Food Security Pre- and Post-COVID
RECOVR Study

Researchers measured the impacts of the COVID lockdowns on well-being using monthly phone surveys with households as well as with food vendors in local markets. The surveys were implemented as...

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RECOVR Study

Micro, small, and medium enterprises are being severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a response to the severe economic implications of this crisis, state and federal governments around...

Figure 5: COVID-19 Survey, combo lockdown enforcement
RECOVR Study

In the sprawling informal peripheries of cities throughout the developing world, enhancing state capacity may be critical for an effective COVID response, and hence to macro-level public-health,...

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

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A joint statement by the Douglas B. Marshall, Jr. Foundation, Innovations for Poverty Action, J-PAL, Pratham, Teaching at the Right Level Africa, and Young 1ove.

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

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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...

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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...