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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.

Economic integration into host communities in times of Covid-19: How to ease the impact of Covid-19 on displaced populations in low- and middle-income countries

by Jana Kuhnt, Kirsten Schüttler

Access to the labour market plays an essential role in allowing displaced populations to sustain their livelihoods and integrate into their host communities. Long-term displacement situations and a decline in resettlement have spurred the quest for local integration. The majority of displaced populations are hosted by neighbouring low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where the Covid-19 pandemic places additional strain on scarce resources.

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Protecting workers and firms in times of crisis: key labour market policies for low- and middle-income countries

by Jochen Kluve, Jörg Langbein, Michael Weber

Covid-19 has affected economies, firms and workers all over the world. What started out as a health crisis soon developed into a pandemic with severe economic and labour market impacts worldwide. Economic impacts are particularly severe in low- and middle-income countries for vulnerable groups like informal workers, women and youth, and also for small and medium-sized enterprises.

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Effective interventions to increase food and nutrition security in response to Covid-19

by Hanna Freudenreich, Andrea Fongar, Kathrin M. Demmler, Katrin Rudolf, Lisa Jäckering

The Covid-19 pandemic and its economic fallout continues to disrupt global food systems with detrimental impacts on food security and nutrition, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. It is estimated that the number of people in acute food insecurity will almost have doubled between 2019 and 2020. Border restrictions and lockdowns put planting, harvests and processing at risk, constrain transport to markets, destroy incomes and, in particular, disrupt food services and retail.

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The impacts of Covid-19 interventions on health-related outcomes

by Alexandra Avdeenko, Esther Heesemann

Low- and middle-income countries are particularly at risk during the Covid-19 pandemic due to shortages of skilled health personnel, technical healthcare equipment and infrastructure, and lack of funds to implement preventive measures. Robust evidence on the effects of health and pandemic control interventions can guide the cost-efficient and ‑effective use of funds used for measures against COVID-19 and its secondary effects.

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