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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.

Structured Funds: A Crisis Instrument in Times of the Coronavirus Pandemic?

by Valerie Habbel, Johanna Richter, Magdalena Orth-Rempel

The coronavirus pandemic has triggered the greatest economic crisis in almost a century: the global economy could contract by up to 7.6 percent in 2020 (OECD, 2020). The Global South is particularly hard-hit, as private investors shift their investments to seemingly secure markets in times of crisis.

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Caught between solidarity and self-interest: Public support for development cooperation during the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany

by Nora Sassenhagen, Jens Eger, Jörg Faust, Martin Bruder, Sebastian Schneider

International cooperation is necessary for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes support for more-affected countries within Europe, but also and especially developing countries. Given the crisis at home and the high costs of dealing with the pandemic and its consequences, does the population of Germany support such solidarity-based development cooperation (DC)? Or do worries stemming from the pandemic endanger support for development cooperation?

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Thoughts on the speed of international COVID-19 aid

by Andreas Fuchs, Samuel Siewers

Among its many implications, the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the importance of international solidarity and the need of timely humanitarian assistance. But what do we know so far about the speed of international humanitarian assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?

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Avoiding disaster while bracing for long-term impact: labour market policies in the Covid-19 crisis

by Achim Kemmerling, Stefan Volkmann, Stephanie Gast Zepeda

Across the globe, the Covid-19 crisis has a devastating impact on labour markets, already affecting half the world population’s jobs and reducing incomes, including those in the informal sector, by as much as 60 percent (ILO, 2020). The shock is unevenly distributed, even in rich countries. The situation in developing countries is, however, much more complicated.

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