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.

Cropped Thumbnail Image of Cover Page of Brief: Violencia en el hogar durante COVID-19
Publication

Durante la pandemia del COVID-19 la mayoría de países en el mundo establecieron medidas de confinamiento domiciliario.

Screenshot of Webinar Title Slide: Phone Surveys Using Random Digit Dialing
Event

On Tuesday, June 29, 2021, IPA and the Global Poverty Research Lab (GPRL) at Northwestern University held a webinar on rapid phone surveys.

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Blog

IPA conducted the second round of the survey in Côte d’Ivoire from October 22nd to 30th, 2020, whereby the time the survey ended...

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Study

Forcibly displaced people often live in overcrowded camps in countries with struggling health systems, making this population highly vulnerable to COVID‐19.

Mobile money clients outside an A2i center in Rajabari, Bangladesh. Photo: UNSGSA/Ismael Ferdous.
Blog

In partnership with a2i, IPA has embarked on a multi-round monitoring survey to identify any challenges beneficiaries may experience with the newly digitized government-to-person (G2P) payment...

Person in Uganda holding a mobile phone above a table. Credit: Will Boase.
Blog

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...

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Blog

In this newest 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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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...

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Blog

As COVID-19 hit Peru in March 2020, the government made the tough decision to close all  schools and in-person classes. Since then, it has put in place a tremendous effort to provide the 8 million...

Zambia RECOVR 2 Timeline
Blog

As part of IPA’s ongoing research around the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19, we recently held...

Woman wearing facemask. Credit: World Bank / Ousmane Traore.
Blog

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...

Thumbnail Image of First Page of Evidence Review Brief about Increasing Immunizations in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Publication

For the public health sector, the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines presents new challenges—a rapid timeline, targeting of adults, and, given limited initial supply, prioritization of high-risk...

74% respondents on the risk of contracting COVID-19
Blog

During the COVID-19 pandemic, countries have worked to reduce prevalence as well as to mitigate the socioeconomic impact of lockdown and other measures that have slowed down economic activity. To...

Map from Dashboard Depicting Percent Compliance with Social Distancing
RECOVR Study

COVID-19 has already disrupted community life and will surely alter community social dynamics for years to come.

Figure 1: Communities contacted in COVID-19 survey, July 2020
RECOVR Study

The COVID-19 pandemic hit the Peruvian Amazon in mid-March and sparked international concern about the well-being of the indigenous and non-indigenous peoples of the region.

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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...

A woman uses a ATM cash machine in Baranoa, Colombia.
Study

How do cash transfers support newly-designated vulnerable populations and informal workers during an economic crisis?

Map graphic for Togo study: Figure 1: Prioritizing the poorest villages and neighborhoods
Thumbnail Image of First Page of Working Paper: Cash Transfers as a Response to COVID-19: Experimental Evidence from Kenya
RECOVR Study

This study will deliver cash grants to female microenterprise owners in Dandora, Kenya during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Vacunación contra el COVID-19 en Colombia: opinión pública sobre su priorización y distribución
Publication

La emergencia generada por la pandemia del COVID-19 y las medidas de contención tomadas por las autoridades han generado consecuencias a nivel global, tanto de salud pública como en términos...

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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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Event

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...

Thumbnail Image for First Page of Evidence Review Brief: Key Decisions for COVID-19 Social Protection in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Publication

The expansion of social protection programs has an important role to play in pandemic response.

Cover Image of Report PDF: COVID-19 Phone Survey Headlines Report: Listening to Young Lives at Work in Ethiopia: Third Call
RECOVR Study

Young Lives longitudinal survey began in 2001, with two cohorts, one born in 2000 (8,000 children) and one born in 1994 (4,000 children).

Thumbnail Image of Cover Page of Brief: When the Great Equalizer Closes: Differential Learning Environment and Access to Quality Education and Jobs for Vocational Students in Uganda
RECOVR Study

Part 1: Aims at generating evidence on how young firms and young workers are coping with the current situation.

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Event

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...

Monrovia, Liberia
Blog

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

Thumbnail Image of Title Page: Summary Report on Combatting COVID-19 in Mozambique
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 Cover Page of Brief: Seguridad Alimentaria y Protección Social en Colombia durante el COVID-19
Publication

La pandemia del COVID-19 ha tenido un impacto económico severo en el mundo.

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...

Thumbnail Image of Cover Page of Brief: When the Great Equalizer Closes: Differential Learning Environment and Access to Quality Education and Jobs for Vocational Students in Uganda
Publication

The COVID 19 pandemic and the associated social and economic downturn are undermining children's educational and developmental outcomes, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

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.

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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.