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A 13 year old who had come to Addis Ababa to find work but due to COVID has become unemployed and living on the streets
Credit: Kasper Bøgsted Kristensen, Danish Red Cross
27 October 2020

OPM through the Building Resilience in Ethiopia (BRE) and Maintains programmes together with MERQ Consultancy and the Government of Ethiopia have just published part two of a six-part study which aims to understand the impact of COVID-19 and government response measures on poor and vulnerable groups in urban areas in Ethiopia. In this blog, we spoke to lead researcher Donna Harris about the findings and challenges so far.

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Women in Pakistan wait to vote - Rachel Clayton/DFID
20 August 2020

COVID-19 presents major governance challenges. First, it requires a ‘whole of government’ approach – with joint activities and coherent decision-making across diverse ministries, public administrations, and agencies. Second, it requires a ‘whole of society’ response, where multiple levels of government work with the private sector, NGOs, and civil society in collaborative governance. Third, plans – and the teams put in place to deliver them – need to be adaptable due to uncertainty, imperfect information, and unclear scientific evidence.

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In Uganda, Red Cross volunteers are carrying out screening against COVID-19, along with establishing handwashing stations in public places like markets.
Credit: Uganda Red Cross Society
12 August 2020

COVID-19 continues to be an unprecedented challenge globally, affecting multiple sectors in every country. As part of its research, the Maintains programme has conducted a rapid review of the experiences and challenges of scaling up the response to COVID-19 in the first three months (March to May 2020) of the outbreak in five countries: Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. In this blog, Maintains’ Debbie Hillier examines the successes and challenges so far…

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UK Aid is helping treat children suffering from malnutrition as a result of extended drought.
Russell Watkins/DFID
7 August 2020

Not all health shocks are as big as COVID-19, but smaller ones can also be devastating and are often overlooked. How can donors ensure response funds are available quickly for smaller shocks? ‘Crisis modifiers’, tested for natural hazards such as droughts, offer a possible solution at the humanitarian-development nexus.

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