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DEval’s corona blog for evidence-based development policy

Controlling the coronavirus pandemic in the countries of the Global South requires evidence-based development policy. If we want to develop effective strategies and measures to combat the spread of Covid-19, we need scientifically substantiated debates, multidisciplinary exchange and flexible planning.

In our corona blog named +Evidence, national and international experts from the areas of evaluation and development research present their findings and views concerning the evidence available for more effectively controlling the coronavirus pandemic in the countries of the Global South.

Democratic collateral damage in Asia: COVID-19 hits democracies with pre-existing conditions harder

by Aurel Croissant

Democracy is suffering worldwide. This malaise is not a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the outbreak is accelerating it. The not particularly convincing efforts of several democratic governments to contain the pandemic and its consequences for the economy and society are also re-igniting old debates about the performance capacities of democracies and non-democracies, and Asia-Pacific states are no exception.

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How can development cooperation respond to the corona crisis? Food for thought from evaluation results

by Jochen Kluve

In view of the corona crisis, many donors are taking immediate action, expanding their activities and planning new programmes. At KfW Development Bank, we have asked ourselves which evaluation findings from Financial Cooperation (FC) and other institutions can sharpen the focus during conceptualisation. In addition to overarching findings from past crises and disasters, we would also like to provide sector-specific food for thought.

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Covid-19 and development cooperation – we know a lot about what works, let’s use the evidence

by Jörg Faust, Per Øyvind Bastøe, Wendy Asbeek Brusse

Evaluations of responses to recent epidemics (SARS, Ebola, Avian Influenza) and natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, provide key lessons for policymakers facing these challenges today.

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