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    An interactive tracker for ceasefires in the time of Covid-19

    J. Allison, S. Badanjak, B. Bach, C. Bell, D. Bhattacharya, F. Knaussel, L. Wise / University of Edinburgh, 2020
    COVID-19 poses a distinct health challenge in conflict-affected states. Conflict has been recognised as a direct threat to health and a factor that complicates responses to health crises. Reflecting these challenges, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for a global ceasefire to stop violent conflict and assist addressing the pandemic.
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    Lives vs. Livelihoods Revisited: Should Poorer Countries with Younger Populations Have Equally Strict Lockdowns

    T. von Carnap, I. Almas, T. Bold, S. Ghisolfi, J. Sandefur / Center for Global Development, USA, 2020
    Governments around the world have taken drastic measures to control the spread of coronavirus. Public debate has understandably focused on the differences across countries; however, there has been surprising uniformity in the severity of lockdowns and other containment measures between rich and poor countries, as data from Oxford University’s “Stringency Index” shows (Figure 1).
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    The Macroeconomics of Pandemics in Developing Countries: An Application to Uganda

    T. von Carnap, I. Almas, T. Bold, S. Ghisolfi, J. Sandefur / Center for Global Development, USA, 2020
    How should policies to control the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic differ across countries? We extend recent contributions integrating economic and epidemiological models for the United States to a developing country context, Uganda. Differences in demography, comorbidities, and health systems affect mortality risk; lower incomes affect agents’ willingness to forego consumption to reduce disease risk.
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    New Data Show the World Bank’s COVID Response Is Too Small and Too Slow

    J. Duggan, S. Morris, , , G. Yang / Center for Global Development, USA, 2020
    The World Bank has committed to providing $104 billion in financing by next June to help developing countries deal with the COVID-19 crisis. Is that sufficient to meet the needs of developing countries facing a massive growth contraction? And will the bank actually deliver on its pledge?
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    Is the World Bank’s COVID Crisis Lending Big Enough, Fast Enough? New Evidence on Loan Disbursements

    J. Duggan, S. Morris, , , G. Yang / Center for Global Development, USA, 2020
    The World Bank has forecast an unprecedented global recession in 2020-21, and the reversal of a decades-long fall in global poverty, provoking an acute need for short-term financing in low- and lower-middle income countries. Critics contend that the Bank has failed to rise to this challenge, acting slowly to increase lending volumes and resisting calls for a multilateral debt standstill.
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    Resilience of the ultra-poor people in the face of COVID-19

    L. Whitehead / BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, 2020
    The health shocks brought on by the spread of COVID-19, coupled with the economic crisis wrought by global lockdown measures, have had an immediate and severe impact on the state of extreme poverty. The scale of the crisis means widening numbers of people are experiencing vulnerability and financial insecurity, and risk falling further into the trap of extreme poverty.

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