How the private sector is adapting to Covid-19: country-level analysis from the World Bank

Nov. 5, 2020
Online webinar
BEAM Exchange / Marketlinks

BEAM Grab the Mic webinar in collaboration with Marketlinks

Date: 5th November 2020 at 9am (NY/DC), 2pm (GMT/UTC), 3pm (EU), 5pm (Kenya/Somalia), 8pm (Bangladesh)

Speakers from the World Bank:
Filip Jolevski, Enterprise Analysis Unit, Global Indicators Group
Gemechu Ayana Aga, Economist, Enterprise Analysis Unit
Ana Goicoechea, Senior Economist, Firms, Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Marcio Cruz, Senior Economist, Firms, Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Denis Medvedev, Practice Manager, Firms, Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Hosted by: Devi Ramkissoon, USAID & Mike Albu, BEAM Exchange

Presenting three World Bank case studies on the behaviour of firms during COVID and how this data can help market system practitioners adapt existing programming.

The case studies will focus on Kenya, Somalia and Bangladesh.

Market systems development seeks to make markets more competitive, inclusive and resilient. Times of crisis create new challenges for achieving this goal. In such cases, development practitioners attempt to understand the new dynamics of the market system in order to pivot and adapt programming accordingly.

Having reliable and valid data is crucial to inform the key decisions that practitioners need to make. The COVID-19 pandemic is a unique crisis in that it affects all aspects of our lives, including the data collection process.

For these reasons, the World Bank’s ongoing research on the behaviour of firms during COVID-19 has important implications for how to adapt and target programming. This research, funded by USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment, asks key questions such as:

  • How are firms coping during the pandemic?
  • What is the liquidity position of firms during a pandemic shock?
  • Is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting firms’ operations differently by sector and size? 

Speakers from the World Bank’s research team will present their ongoing work, findings thus far, and ways that practitioners can engage directly with the data that they are collecting.

By discussing their findings, with a focus on three case studies, we can glean key lessons about the behaviour of firms during COVID-19 in order to adapt existing programming and, where necessary, create new interventions.