COVID-19 is an extreme shock to social systems, with direct and secondary impacts in Maintains’ focus sectors of education, gender, health, disaster risk financing, nutrition, governance, and social protection.
We are adapting our established research programme to respond to the pandemic, and undertaking new work that will focus on how best to support governments to respond, adapt and recover from COVID-19. With teams on the ground in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and Uganda, Maintains is providing technical assistance as well as undertaking rapid research to capture vital learnings in real time.
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All outputs from this work are available below, filterable by sector, country, and resource type.
This brief summarizes the recommendations and learning from the report published which explores the role that traditional leaders have played in the response to COVID-19 in Sierra Leone.
This report explores the role of traditional leaders – Paramount Chiefs, Youth Leaders and Mammy Queens – in Sierra Leone in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. This qualitative study in Kono district finds that traditional leaders did indeed play a key role, but that participation and decision-making was uneven. The report lays out recommendations to institutionalise the role of traditional leaders, in an inclusive way, to ensure further successes of state collaboration with traditional leaders in future crises.
Credit: Kasper Bøgsted Kristensen, Danish Red Cross
This brief from the second report of a six-part series exploring the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable groups in Ethiopia, highlights the importance of policies that ensure the most vulnerable benefit from the support provided by government and other organisations, and that the process of targeting the support is transparent. Authored by Donna Harris, Alula Teklu, Girmay Medhin, Israel Mitiku, Biniyam Tadesse, Mekdes Demissie, and Frehiwot Bekele. The study is funded through the Building Resilience in Ethiopia (BRE) Programme and implemented in partnership with the Maintains Programme.
This research report is the second in a series of six reports which provide an insight into the extent to which COVID-19 and associated government responses and measures affect the urban poor and vulnerable individuals across 10 cities and towns in Ethiopia. The findings have highlighted the importance of designing policy that ensures the most vulnerable benefit from the support provided by government and other organisations, and that the process of targeting the support is transparent. Authored by Donna Harris, Alula Teklu, Girmay Medhin, Israel Mitiku, Biniyam Tadesse, Mekdes Demissie, and Frehiwot Bekele. The study is funded through the Building Resilience in Ethiopia (BRE) Programme and implemented in partnership with the Maintains Programme.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 200 countries/territories have expanded and adapted their social protection systems to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic. Maintains is conducting a cross-country study to provide an operational assessment of these social protection responses using the conceptual framework described in this working paper.
Authored by Rodolfo Beazley, with Alexandra Doyle, Madhumitha Hebbar, Karin Seyfert, and Ludovico Carraro
All Maintains evidence and articles relating to COVID-19 can be found here.
In Sierra Leone, Maintains has been undertaking new work looking at how the government can be supported as they respond, adapt and recover from COVID-19. Our team have used a systems lens to analyse the leadership and governance response to COVID-19 and how this looks across both health, and non-health social sectors. This brief underscores the key findings and further recommendations from the full report, as well as provides and update on wider Maintains work.