Covid Collective

The Covid-19 pandemic is a global crisis requiring rapid generation of policy-relevant evidence to inform decision-making as we move from crisis to recovery phase and beyond.

The Covid Collective is a global partnership of research organisations supporting the co-generation, curation, mobilisation and exchange of emerging evidence to inform the global response to the pandemic.

The research portfolio and work of the collective is overseen by an FCDO and IDS Executive Committee supported by an Advisory Group made up of representation from partner institutions to help guide the evolution of the Collective. The publications presented in this collection are outputs of the Collective and it's partners.

The Covid Collective offers a rapid social science research response to inform decision-making on some of the most pressing Covid-19 related development challenges.

In this collection


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  • Vaccines, information and the ongoing crisis of affordability for the urban poor

    Institute of Development Studies UK, 2020
    As news on Covid-19 vaccines spreads good cheer in the wealthier countries of the global North, thoughts turn to when we will be able to return to normal life. Meanwhile governments are anxiously assessing the complications of establishing mass vaccination programmes and whether vaccine hesitancy could reduce take up and threaten the recovery. For those living in informal settlements across the global South, the potential for the vaccine to herald recovery seems very different....
  • Research roadmaps, collectives and platforms

    Institute of Development Studies UK, 2020
    The Covid-19 pandemic is shining a spotlight, bringing into sharp relief a range of fissures, cracks and marginalisations in societies throughout the world. Although often characterised as a health crisis, it is in fact multi-dimensional, as much a social phenomenon as a health crisis. Like many other epidemics, this crisis is revealing and reinforcing inequalities and anxieties, discrimination, and division; but also, galvanising solidarities and collective action....
  • Covid -19 : Considerations for vaccine rollout in LMICS

    Institute of Development Studies UK, 2020
    Covid-19 has wreaked global havoc. Lives and livelihoods have been destroyed with it no wonder that the news of vaccine approval and rollout has brought hope to so many. But, for the world’s poor, vaccine distribution is complex. It requires resources, coordination and, above all, trust that too often are commodities in short supply....
  • The World Bank’s Response to Our Analysis of its COVID Relief Efforts October 16, 2020 Scott Morris and Justin Sandefur 

    Center for Global Development, USA, 2020
    Our recent paper examining the World Bank’s COVID-19 performance garnered a response from the institution, which you can read here. We very much welcome the bank’s comments on its crisis performance in reaction to our paper. We stand by the data and conclusions of our paper, but it’s worth reviewing some of the issues under debate here and reiterating the core questions and findings from our work....
  • Qualitative field research in the time of COVID-19: The nuances of peer research methods

    BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, 2021
    COVID-19 is forcing us to discover alternative ways of doing things; qualitative field research, which traditionally calls for close interaction between researchers and their populations of interest, had to be reimagined to satisfy the need for social distancing, a preventative measure against the virus. Just before the pandemic, a serious researcher would rarely consider the account of someone belonging to the population of interest, i.e. a community researcher, as the principal source of data....
  • Local reconciliation committees in northern Syria: Managing daily conflicts in a country at war

    University of Edinburgh, 2021
    Local Voices at a Crossroads is an article series in which local actors of everyday peace share their insights into the fragilities and resilience of their societies in the face of conflict. For the first part of the series, we focus our attention on Syria, building on a research project supported by the Covid Collective on the impact of COVID-19 on local peace-making in Syrian opposition-held areas....
  • Political Trust at a Time of Pandemic: A long-term repercussion of COVID-19 on durable peace

    University of Edinburgh, 2021
    In Syria, like in other conflict-affected countries, the COVID-19 pandemic added another layer of vulnerability and uncertainty. Several reports pointed to COVID-19 as a threat multiplier, exacerbating existing fragilities and grievances and posing long-lasting challenges to durable peace. Yet, it is not easy to single out the impact of the pandemic on pre-existing vulnerabilities. This is all the more so the case in Syria, which entered its tenth year of conflict in March 2021....
  • Regional approaches to Covid-19: The response by Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to the pandemic

    University of Edinburgh, 2021
    COVID-19, unsurprisingly, has had far-reaching repercussions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The pandemic has affected the MENA region, which stretches from the Maghreb in North-West Africa to Pakistan in the east, in different ways. The variety in political structures, health system preparedness, and economic conditions across MENA countries translates into large inequalities between countries in terms of their capacity to cope with health emergencies and its averse consequences....
  • Remote research and disability inclusion during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Institute of Development Studies UK, 2021
    Covid-19 has brought with it a host of changes for development researchers. In many cases, fieldwork has been replaced with remote research methods, ranging from third party data collection to phone interviews and SMS surveys. Whilst remote methods are improving, there are some clear gaps in the existing literature and discussions on the subject. One key issue that has not received enough attention is how we include persons with disabilities when using remote research methods....
  • Is Covid-19 reshaping our approach to development research?

    Institute of Development Studies UK, 2021
    Today marks the first anniversary of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) declaration of Covid-19 as a pandemic. The announcement represents a historic moment in which the WHO called on nations to take coordinated global action to tackle a truly global challenge. Whilst the distribution of the vaccine remains contentious, it does offer hope. The pandemic has also resulted in the global development community working collaboratively in innovative new ways and posed questions about how we carry out research that we can learn a great deal from....


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