In an earlier blog post, we proposed a few lessons from the experience of some members of our team with piloting phone-based assessments in Botswana and from other members with oral assessments from before the pandemic. Now, with more piloting experience and data, we update those lessons.
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The Economic Impact of COVID-19: After Record Unemployment, Countries around the World Begin to Reopen Industries
It seems like every 3rd article we read this week included a striking historical comparison: lowest remittances in a decade, worst contraction since the financial crisis, etc.
Using lessons from early movers in Botswana, together with the extensive literature on face-to-face oral assessments, we’re concluding, “yes,” we think it is possible to measure learning by phone. We’ve published some preliminary principles and discussion in a new working paper. Below is a quick summary—five tips which we hope are helpful for those embarking on their own efforts.
The Economic Impact of COVID-19 around the World: Remittances, Updated Growth and Poverty Projections, and the Reintroduction of Barter in Fiji
Food supply disruption, rising poverty, and deteriorating industries remain top concerns, as countries consider “exit strategies” for reopening business and lifting lockdowns in a bid to avoid the worsening economic crisis. Here is a roundup of the most recent analysis from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
School closures, learning loss, and drop-outs will not be the only effects of COVID-19. School systems run on money. It’s impossible to provide access to schooling without financial resources, and despite occasional claims to the contrary, the best evidence suggests that the quality of education is also responsive to financial resources.
The Economic Impact of COVID-19 around the World: Projections of Economic Growth Falling Further, Food Insecurity, and A Round-Up of Other Recent Analysis
Travel restrictions and lockdowns imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19 continue to impact the economic outlook for low- and middle-income countries. Despite the unabated increase in infections, some countries have started reopening farms and factories to combat the threat of massive economic loss and hunger. Multilateral emergency financing, expanded social safety nets, and tax measures remain top policy priorities for affected countries.
With the continuing spread in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, countries scramble to contain the fallout and ease the burden. Here’s a selection of recent coverage on the observed and expected economic impacts across the three continents.
COVID-19 continues to take a humanitarian toll around the world, including in Asia and the Pacific. Countries are rightly taking dramatic measures to slow it, and those measures have economic impacts. Here’s a selection of this week’s coverage on the observed and expected economic impacts across the region.
The coronavirus pandemic continues to take its toll on the African continent. Here’s a selection of this week’s coverage on the observed and expected economic impacts across the continent.
This week was supposed to be the annual conference for the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford. Take a break from coronastressing and survey the impressive array of work that researchers are doing on education and health in Africa. We summarize more than 80 studies, including many on other topics with impacts on health or education.