Supporting Knowledge Translation for Research on Socio-Economic Responses to COVID-19

The world has put in place wide-ranging public health measures to address the spread of COVID-19, and diverse public policies are being instituted to mitigate the effects.

The health impacts of the global pandemic are now apparent in low-income countries, as are the social, economic and political impacts, the potential for these to widen inequalities, deepen poverty, generate insecurity, undermine governance and leave lasting effects on capacities to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. As wide-ranging measures are being put in place in low-income contexts, there is an urgent need for reliable, contextually grounded local data and evidence to inform appropriate responses to this global pandemic.

In response to this need, early in 2020 IDRC launched a call for proposals to select organisations under a rapid response funding mechanism. Out of this process, 21 projects received funding to contribute research, evidence and data for policy and practice solutions to mitigate the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 and promote recovery from the pandemic across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Together, these projects form the COVID-19 Responses for Equity (CORE) Initiative and work across three thematic focus areas: macro-economic policy; supporting essential economic activity, protecting workers and small producers; and promoting democratic governance and effective, accountable responses.

Alongside these rapid response research projects, this project will support knowledge translation activities. IDS will support research initiatives to promote and capture learnings of and beyond individual projects, which can guide national, regional, and global policies and actions, and foster peer-to-peer learning and exchange to build capacity of the CORE cohort. This project will also include a reflective learning component, generating findings on past pandemic support.

Key contacts

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James Georgalakis

Director of Communications and Impact


+44 (0)1273 915781

Project details

start date
8 October 2020
end date
8 January 2022


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About this project


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Alan Stanley

Digital Knowledge Manager

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James Georgalakis

Director of Communications and Impact

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Kelly Shephard

Head of Knowledge, Impact and Policy

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Louise Clark

MEL Manager

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Poppy Bardwell

Senior Project Support Officer

Recent work


Covid-19 research exposes food security crisis for women and informal workers

Experts are calling for national level policy reforms to protect the food and livelihood security of those hardest hit by Covid-19 – women and workers in the informal economies of low- and middle-income countries. This includes jobs such as street sellers, market traders and domestic workers....

13 July 2021


The Impact of Covid-19 on Livelihoods and Food Security

Research for Policy and Practice Report

Studies of livelihoods and food systems since the start of the global pandemic in 2020 have shown a consistent pattern: the primary risks to food and livelihood security are at the household level. Covid-19 is having a major impact on households’ production and access to quality, nutritious...

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John Thompson & 5 others

30 June 2021


New resource for policy, practice and research responding to Covid-19

A new resource for policy actors and researchers seeking to respond more effectively to the Covid pandemic is now live. The COVID response for Equity Programme (CORE), supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), is rapidly mobilising research evidence for the mitigation of...

8 June 2021