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Keep the pulse on the Institute. I4DI regularly shares insights from our current projects, the latest news from the development industry, our take on global trends, and updates from HQ.

News and Insights

Keep the pulse on the Institute. I4DI regularly shares insights from our current projects, the latest news from the development industry, our take on global trends, and updates from HQ.

Covid -19 Weekly Watch - GENDER edition October 12-19

COVID-19 Weekly Watch GENDER EDITION: October 13-19

The COVID-19 pandemic, like most crises, has differential effects on men and women. Women are more vulnerable to the economic impacts of COVID-19, given that among other reasons, they are disproportionately employed in vulnerable sectors and hold greater responsibility for child and elder care. In the United States, 78% of those who dropped out of the labor force between August and September were women.

Undoubtedly, one long-term effect of the pandemic will be a creeping backslide of gender equality, especially in low-income countries where women’s participation in formal employment is already much lower than men’s. Men, while also feeling the economic effects of COVID-19 (albeit less pronounced), appear to have higher mortality rates from the virus than women do.

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Covid -19 Weekly Watch - Superspreading edition October 5-12

COVID-19 Weekly Watch SUPERSPREADING EDITION: October 5-12

To date, much focus has been on the COVID-19 reproduction number (R), representing the average number of people that a single infected person goes on to infect. However, recent events in the United States have drawn increased attention to the extreme variability in transmission patterns among individuals.

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Covid-19 weekly watch September 28 - October 5 - ELECTIONS EDITION

COVID-19 Weekly Watch ELECTION EDITION: September 28 – October 5

As the United States prepares for its highly-anticipated national election in 29 days, the Institute for Development Impact examines the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on other elections around the world. While South Korea, the first country with a significant coronavirus case count to hold a nation-wide election, saw record voter turnout with well-coordinated public health measures in voting centers, countries like Iran and the Dominican Republic saw substantial declines in voting rates, marked by fears of the virus and contentious internal politics.

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Covid-19 weekly watch September 21-28

COVID-19 Weekly Watch: September 21 – September 28

As the COVID-19 global death toll approaches one million, with the U.S. faring far worse than the rest of world, I4DI highlights the case and death disparities in the U.S and puts a spotlight on three countries on the heels of the United States in terms of total case count— India, Brazil, and Russia. While India has only just appeared to have reached its peak in daily case counts, both Brazil and Russia are continuing to struggle to reduce their case numbers following their peaks earlier this year.

In Brazil, we look at COVID-19’s affect on the already at-risk indigenous population. Even prior to the pandemic, the Bolsonaro administration has been steadily removing safeguards for indigenous communities, opening once-protected lands to loggers and miners, and encouraging missionary work with vulnerable tribes. However, in the times of COVID-19, these policy changes are putting indigenous communities doubly at risk by exposing them to outsiders who could potentially transmit the virus.

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COVID-19 WEEKLY WATCH  September 14 - September 21, 2020 - Mental Health Edition

COVID-19 Weekly Watch MENTAL HEALTH EDITION: September 14 – September 21

Since the start of the pandemic, countries around the world enacted response policies with varying degrees of stringency. While Argentina, for example, rapidly instituted a strict lockdown in alignment with the World Health Organization’s recommendations, the autocratic ruler of Belarus denied the mere existence of the virus and never imposed any restrictions at all. As expected, the curve of case counts in both countries are reflective of these policy decisions.

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COVID-19 Weekly Watch POLICY EDITION: September 7 – September 14

Since the start of the pandemic, countries around the world enacted response policies with varying degrees of stringency. While Argentina, for example, rapidly instituted a strict lockdown in alignment with the World Health Organization’s recommendations, the autocratic ruler of Belarus denied the mere existence of the virus and never imposed any restrictions at all. As expected, the curve of case counts in both countries are reflective of these policy decisions.

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COVID-19 Weekly Watch - August 31 I4DI focus on COVID-19 casualties and New York

COVID-19 Weekly Watch: August 24 – August 30th 

By Ali Shafi This week’s I4DI COVID-19 Weekly Watch showcases the continuous downward trend of daily cases and explores factors contributing to disease spread and mortality during the pandemic in the United States. With a particular focus on mortality and survival rates,  this edition casts the main spotlight on New

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COVID-19 Weekly Watch - August 24 I4DI

COVID-19 Weekly Watch: August 17-August 24

As daily case numbers fall, the United States finds itself on the downside of our second national hump of the coronavirus pandemic. While experts insist we are still in the first wave, the decline in cases is further proof that we will be able to beat this virus as long

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Covid-19 weekly watch -School reopening in the United States - plans by State as of August 16, 2020

COVID-19 Weekly Watch KIDS edition

With schools reopening this month and next, student and teacher health and safety is at the center of public debate. While most data shows that COVID-19 in children manifests in mild or no symptoms, young ones can still be the cause of superspreading events, transmitting the virus en masse to

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Covid-19 weekly watch - Testing infographic August 10

COVID-19 Weekly Watch TESTING EDITION: August 3-August 10

This week, the United States surpassed 5 million cumulative cases of COVID-19. In light of this grim milestone, I4DI decided to take a closer look at the oft-cited, oft-misunderstood testing statistics to find out where the United States stands as compared with the rest of the world. Although at first

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