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The COVID-19 Economic Impact Surveys initiative focuses on measuring the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses, self-employed individuals, workers, and farmers in developing countries.


Data is collected through phone surveys by researchers using a survey module devised by the initiative’s partners.

About the partners

International Growth Centre

The International Growth Centre (IGC) aims to promote sustainable growth in developing countries by providing demand-led policy advice based on frontier research. The IGC directs a global network of world-leading researchers and in-country teams in Africa and South Asia and works closely with partner governments to generate high-quality research and policy advice on key growth challenges. Based at LSE and in partnership with the University of Oxford, the IGC is majority funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

The IGC has an ongoing series of work dedicated to addressing the economic challenges of COVID-19 in developing countries. This collaboration with IPA forms part of that work.

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, IPA has also launched Research for Effective COVID-19 Responses, or RECOVR, which is supporting immediate response efforts and providing evidence to decision-makers working to mitigate the impacts of the crisis. This collaboration with IGC is a key component of that effort.

Contributing partner

The World Bank Group

The World Bank Group, one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries, is taking broad, fast action to help developing countries strengthen their pandemic response. We are supporting public health interventions, working to ensure the flow of critical supplies and equipment, and helping the private sector continue to operate and sustain jobs. We will be deploying up to $160 billion in financial support over 15 months to help more than 100 countries protect the poor and vulnerable, support businesses, and bolster economic recovery.  This includes $50 billion of new IDA resources through grants and highly concessional loans.

The World Bank is supporting the initiative by providing data from the COVID-19 Business Pulse Survey (COV-BPS).

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