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, 20 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 December 2023


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Recent work


Fiscal Measures to Support Post-Pandemic Resilience

Research for Policy and Practice Report

Now that the dust has begun to settle on the Covid-19 pandemic, it is time to reflect on and draw lessons from country experiences in pandemic response, in relation to fiscal management and reform. In order to apply these lessons, countries will require increased fiscal space to enable them to...

Jayant Menon & 5 others

7 February 2024


Stories of Change: Covid-19 Responses for Equity

Covid-19 Responses for Equity (CORE) was a three-year, CA$25m rapid research initiative that brought together 20 research projects to understand the socioeconomic impacts of the pandemic, improve existing responses, and generate better policy options for recovery. The research, funded by the...

Saira Ahmed & 18 others

13 December 2023

Past Event

Mobilising knowledge in emergencies with care and intent

A new issue of the IDS Bulletin, Knowledge in Times of Crisis: Transforming research to policy approaches, provides unique insights from a diverse group of Southern research organisations belonging to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) supported, Covid-19 Responses for Equity...

23 November 2023


Strengthening Social Accountability for Meaningful Youth Engagement in Africa

Stories of Change

Following its research which highlighted the key role played by young people in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) developed and delivered a training of trainers on social accountability for meaningful youth...

15 November 2023


Understanding impact pathways in crisis response

A new report on impact pathways from the Covid Response for Equity (CORE) programme provides deep learning on research engagement in a crisis. Evidence in a crisis The Covid-19 pandemic created an urgent need for evidence to understand the socioeconomic impacts of the pandemic across the...

13 November 2023


Knowledge in Times of Crisis: Transforming Research-to-Policy Approaches

IDS Bulletin 54.2

The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in unprecedented challenges for researchers and policy analysts, and accentuated the need for access to civil society and advocacy movements within politically closed spaces. The impact of locally led Covid-19 response research in the global South has subsequently...

23 October 2023