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Four charts showing lower but rising daily cases and deaths in EMDEs, along with higher lockdown stringency and lower mobility

As the Pandemic Surges in Poor Countries, Why Does the IMF Still Forecast a Milder Economic Crisis for Them?

Last week, the IMF revised the post-COVID growth forecasts it had made originally in the April World Economic Outlook (WEO). The April growth forecasts numbers projected a significantly more optimistic outlook for EMDEs compared with advanced economies. It turns out that the latest June forecast maintains this relative optimism for EMDEs.

A COVID-19 testing site in Madagascar

Including Immigrants is Good Policy Not Just During the Pandemic, but Afterwards Too

Inclusive policy changes spurred by COVID-19 have so far been limited and temporary, but as governments chart a path to recovery, immigrants and citizens alike would benefit from their extension well beyond the pandemic. This blog highlights two areas—access to the labor market and healthcare—where pandemic-related inclusive responses for immigrants should continue, expand, and pave the way for long-run positive change.

Humanitarian Financing Is Failing the COVID-19 Frontlines

Longstanding weaknesses in the humanitarian business model are undermining the COVID-19 response in fragile and conflict affected states. Extensive delays, poor mechanisms for tracking disbursement of funds from intermediaries to implementers, and persistent obstacles to financing local actors are preventing funds from reaching organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight. Donor governments have generously contributed nearly $2.5bn in humanitarian COVID-19 financing.

Girls at a school served by the NGO Educate Girls. Photo by Educate Girls.

Diaries from the Frontline: COVID-19 and Education Inequality: Who Is Most at Risk of Being Left Behind?

This week, in our final installment in the series, we examine how one particularly vulnerable population served by the Luminos Fund—refugee children in Lebanon—has been affected. The Citizens Foundation in Pakistan describes what school closures mean for girls and their education and life opportunities. And Educate Girls, an organization based in India new to the series, shares stories from their frontlines.

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Evidence-Based Decision Making During COVID-19: How to Navigate Extreme Uncertainty and Urgency

Evidence-based policy generation is an aspiration more than reality at the best of times. With COVID-19 generating extreme uncertainty and urgency of action across the world, it has become harder than ever. This blog considers three areas where both researchers and policymakers need to engage more effectively: asking better questions; being clearer about how well we can answer them; and broadening collaboration and challenge.

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