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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  • Community mapping in Kenya improves state Covid-19 response

    African Cities Research Consortium, 2021
    This case study – originally published as part of Covid Collective Research for Policy and Practice series – shows how an urban social movement was able to produce the knowledge that state agencies needed when the pandemic struck, securing more inclusive policy responses and building legitimacy for alternative knowledge processes and associated development ambitions.It details how, as soon as the Covid-19 pandemic struck Kenya, the Muungano Alliance began to collect data from its community leaders based in 313 informal neighbourhoods across 21 counties....
  • Covid-19: Community Resilience in Urban Informal Settlements

    Institute of Development Studies UK, 2021
    Around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated differences that already existed. Health outcomes and the economic impacts of resulting lockdowns have not been evenly distributed and inequalities have deepened. As the pandemic began, there were widespread concerns for the urban poor. Population density and limited service provision in informal neighbourhoods meant that standard measures to reduce transmission were difficult or impossible. Livelihoods based on day labour and the unskilled service economy were also most seriously affected by the resulting lockdowns....
  • Key Global Policy Dates and Engagement Opportunities for the Covid Collective

    Institute of Development Studies UK, 2021
    This Covid Collective Helpdesk report maps key international and national days, events and policy moments in 2021 relating to the Covid-19 pandemic and its health, social inclusion, humanitarian and governance impacts in order to inform the Covid Collective’s policy engagement and and activities. ...
  • Southern Research Organisations Providing Rapid Evidence-Review Services

    Institute of Development Studies UK, 2020
    This review aims to identify Southern organisations providing rapid evidence-synthesis and response services supporting governments in low- and middle-income countries, especially in Bangladesh, Ghana, Iraq, Kenya, Malawi, Pakistan, Rwanda, South Sudan, Syria, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.1 As a result, it focuses on a desk-based review of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), think tanks, and grey literature, examining the websites of organisations in the focus countries for relevant programming....
  • Impact of COVID-19 on research methods and approaches

    Institute of Development Studies UK, 2021
    The Covid-19 pandemic, and measures to contain the spread of the virus, such as border closures, quarantine requirements, mandatory PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests, curfews, and social distancing requirements, have had a significant impact on research methods and approaches. Most of the available literature assumes that remote data collection is the only viable means of collecting primary data during the pandemic, so that is the focus of this report....
  • Intersectionality and Responses to Covid-19

    Institute of Development Studies UK, 2021
    There is a small but growing body of literature that discusses the benefits, challenges and opportunities of intersectional responses to the socioeconomic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. There is a strong body of evidence pointing to the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 borne by women, who have suffered record job losses, been expected to take on even greater unpaid care burdens and home schooling responsibilities, and faced a “shadow pandemic” of violence against women and girls. However, gender inequalities cannot be discussed in isolation from other inequalities....


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