The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced a massive rise in the number of hungry people it plans to assist around the world, as the devastating socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic push millions more...

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has highlighted the systemic racism that is deeply embedded within the attitudes and institutions of rich nations. While the immediate focus has been on police brutality, institutional...

COVID-19 has thrown the world into crisis. Increasingly, it is evident that women and girls are bearing the brunt of the burden. 

Women are disproportionately affected by the contraction in employment resulting from the...

The World Bank’s Global Director for Social Protection and Jobs has called for fundamental reform of our social protection systems to cover the “missing middle” of workers in the informal economy who are most vulnerable to the...

As containment measures ease, millions of migrant workers may be required to return home to low and middle income countries where labour markets, which were fragile before the COVID-19 outbreak, are now further weakened by the...

With just 130 cases of COVID-19 and no fatalities, Cambodia might initially appear to have remained largely unscathed by the pandemic. However, the economic impact of the pandemic is all the more evident: the dip in tourism resulted...

As­sis­tance to the needy and vul­ner­a­ble, a core value of Pak­istani cul­ture, gets a boost from a Ger­man-sup­ported pro­ject. In the face of a deep­en­ing eco­nomic cri­sis, now com­pounded by the coro­n­avirus pan­demic, the...

The practical challenge of quickly getting financial support in the hands of people who lost jobs amid the COVID-19 economic crisis has baffled advanced and developing economies alike. Economic lockdowns, physical distancing...

One inadvertent effect of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent economic downturn across Africa has been the harsh spotlight on shortcomings of social safety nets across the continent. In addition to boosting public health systems...

By the time COVID-19 reached South Asia, it had already penetrated most other regions of the world. Pakistan was one of the first in the region to be hit. In late February, Shia pilgrims who had come in contact with Chinese pilgrims...

COVID-19 has had a far greater economic impact than health impact on Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Pacific. There has been extensive commentary about the likely macroeconomic effects of lockdowns and travel bans, but less attention...

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) conducted a study in the rural districts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh to assess the efficacy of the PM-GKY focussing on the effectiveness of DBTs in reaching...