The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting societies and economies at their core. In the Global South, the pandemic has already increased poverty and inequalities, creating an urgency to redouble efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Which programs are most effective for protecting informal workers in Latin America from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic? Which stimulus packages will help African countries build back more inclusive and greener economies? Which interventions will ensure the safety of Rohingya refugees and nearby communities in Bangladesh during and after the pandemic?
The COVID-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented development challenges in low- and middle-income countries. Governments, international aid agencies, civil society organizations, and the private sector need evidence to mitigate the potentially devastating socio-economic impacts of the pandemic in developing regions, while also building the conditions for a more resilient future.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the 2019 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences to three development economists — Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer — who pioneered the use of an experiment-based approach.