Covid-19 Responses for Equity (CORE) Knowledge Translation Support

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 supports knowledge translation activities. IDS supports research initiatives to promote and capture learnings of and beyond individual projects, which in turn guides national, regional, and global policies and actions, and fosters peer-to-peer learning and exchange to build capacity of the CORE cohort. This project also includes a reflective learning component, generating findings on past pandemic support.

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Project details

start date
8 October 2020
end date
9 July 2023


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About this project


Image of Alan Stanley

Alan Stanley

Digital Knowledge Manager

Image of James Georgalakis

James Georgalakis

Director of Communications and Impact

Image of Karine Gatellier

Karine Gatellier

Nutrition Convenor

Image of Louise Clark

Louise Clark

MEL Manager

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Poppy Bardwell

Project Manager

Recent work


Strengthening Food Security in Pakistan During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Stories of Change

Pakistan is facing numerous socioeconomic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, including on food security. Food insecurity, which is a long-standing issue, has become more visible since the pandemic. Covid-19 Responses for Equity (CORE) partner the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)...

Abid Q. Suleri & 5 others

5 September 2022


Improving the Fiscal Policy Response to Covid-19 in Pakistan

Stories of Change

The Covid-19 pandemic and related restrictions have had profound socioeconomic impacts worldwide. Governments have been faced with responding urgently to mitigate such effects, especially for the most vulnerable. Covid-19 Responses for Equity (CORE) partner Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP)...

Saira Ahmed & 3 others

14 June 2022

Past Event

CSW66 Side Event: Why Covid-19 recovery must be gender-responsive

This panel discussion will delve into the evidence generated by the CORE research initiative. Speakers will explore the impact the pandemic is having across the most vulnerable groups, how gender intersects and often exacerbates these effects and what recommendations for future policy responses...

24 March 2022


Gender inequalities deepen in multiple countries due to impacts of Covid-19

New research reveals how Covid-19 has deepened gender inequalities and gender poverty in countries including India, South Africa, Mexico, Peru, Benin and Burkina Faso. Three studies commissioned by the Covid-19 Responses for Equity (CORE) initiative found that women working in the informal...

17 March 2022