Simulations and field experiments of policy responses and interventions to promote inclusive adaptation to and recovery from the COVID-19 crisis

This project aims to assess the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on national economies and determine the effectiveness of current and potential policy responses in 11 developing countries around the world. It will analyze factors such as sectoral/total production, employment, trade, etc. on national economies, and particularly on household poverty/inequality. It will simulate the impacts of socio-economic policy responses during the lockdown, reopening, and recovery phases and develop a policy simulation model that local researchers and government officials may use to address other policy challenges during and after the current project, and to support governments in the design of effective policy responses. It will also identify general lessons to guide policies in other developing countries.

Project ID


Project status



36 months

IDRC Officer

Paul Okwi

Total funding

CA$ 1,202,800


Argentina, Benin, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Viet Nam, Zimbabwe


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Jane Mariara


Partnership For Economic Policy, Inc.

Institution Country

United States

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