Here is a quick reference list of the latest resources and blogs which describe the impact of COVID-19 and the responses of MSD Programmes available on the BEAM Exchange
- Katharina Cavano of Palladium on gender inequality and COVID-19: Disproportionately affected by COVID-19; women are the key to economic recovery (Oct 2020)
- Guidance on digital inclusion: Opportunities & imperatives arising from COVID-19 (Aug 2020) offers advice for avoiding digital exclusion in the aftermath of COVID. See also Holly Krueger's accompanying blog
- PRISMA programme's Newsletter #6 (July 2020) describes the impact of COVID-19 in Indonesia and how this major MSD programme is responding
- NU-TEC & IAMA programmes presented Adapting MSD programmes in response to COVID-19 (May 2020 webinar) which took a practical look at how three programmes in Uganda are adapting to the challenges of COVID-19.
- Danielle Resnick writes about how COVID-19 lockdowns threaten Africa’s vital informal urban food trade (Apr 2020 blog)
- Julia McDowall & Sapenzie Ojiamo (on CaLP) also highlight Impossible choices – questioning assumptions behind lock-down in low income and fragile contexts (Apr 2020 blog)
- ODI have a project Supporting Economic Transformation (SET) that is monitoring economic and social impacts of COVID-19 in Africa.
- Mercy Corps published a Rapid market impact report (May 2020) with information from 22 countries across Asia and the Middle East
- Innovision have been continuing to study the impact of COVID-19 on low-income groups in Bangladesh. See also their COVID-19 sectoral heat map
- Markets in Crisis is periodically updating a list of key guidance, assessments and other COVID-19-related resources to help understand and support markets during the COVID-19 pandemic. See also their useful Statement on COVID-19 (Apr 2020) and their blog What does market-based programming look like in the age of COVID-19? with key takeaways from their online discussion series (September 2020)
Check out our Conversations Board where the Markets in Crises D-group and others have been busy discussing the response to COVID-19.
We will be adding to these - search for 'COVID-19' to find the latest.
COVID-19 and private sector development (PSD) more generally
The DCED collates resources on the impacts of COVID-19 with advice about how donor agencies can adjust their PSD interventions to improve the situation in both the short and medium term. The portal is divided into the following sections:
- What are the likely economic and social impacts of COVID-19 globally and in developing countries?
- How can we adjust PSD interventions in the short term?
- How can we use PSD to stimulate economic recovery and greater resilience to future outbreaks?
Sign up to DCED's COVID-19 Newsletter to receive updates when important new resources are added.