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 July 2023


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Recent work


Designing Surveys and Analysing Results from a Gender Perspective in Economic Research

This document provides guidance on the integration of gender and diversity considerations into applied research in economics focusing on countries in which the informal sector is predominant.

30 November 2022


Collective Action to Support Family Farming in Colombia

Stories of Change

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit small-scale farmers, particularly women, very hard in Latin America. RIMISP – Latin American Center for Rural Development – has been conducting participatory research to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on smallholder farmers in the department of Huila, in...

23 November 2022


The Socioeconomic Impact of Covid-19 in Low- and Middle-income Countries: A Synthesis of Learning from the Covid-19 Responses for Equity Programme

This report provides a snapshot of the research undertaken and published by members of the IDRC-supported CORE programme. It sets out the main themes addressed by the research in relation to Covid-19 impacts on industries, sectors and socioeconomic groups in locations across Africa, Middle East,...

10 October 2022


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


Building Safer and More Sustainable Food Systems in Peru

Stories of Change

The Covid-19 pandemic has aggravated the food insecurity situation of people living in Latin American cities. In Peru, the most vulnerable are facing great difficulties in accessing food, while food market vendors are also struggling to keep their businesses afloat. Covid-19 Responses for...

20 July 2022