The development impacts of COVID-19 at home and abroad: Politics and implications of government action

Spencer Henson, Uma Kambhampati, Tewodaj Mogues, Wendy Olsen, Martin Prowse, Paul Ramos, John Rand, Rasjah Rasiah, Keetie Roelen, Rebecca Tiessen, Fiona Yap

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What is COVID-19’s impact on development? What lessons can be drawn from development studies regarding the effects of and recovery from COVID-19? The unprecedented scale and scope of government interventions carry implications at all levels: global, national, and local. In this introduction, our team of Editors underline the importance of systematic substantive study to further knowledge acquisition, and rigorous global-, national-, or context-specific evaluation to inform evidence-based policymaking. The 12 articles summarised here capture these values and sense of “high quality”. In particular, despite early considerations in the first year of the pan- demic, they illuminate the need for diverse responses beyond business-as-usual, attention to the multiplicity of impact of policies formulated, and progressive strate- gies to counteract the impacts of this disaster around the world. The path of future research is clear: studies need to consider and give voice to marginalised groups to counteract the short- and long-term impacts of the pandemic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1339-1352
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Journal of Development Research
Issue number5
Early online date19 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • COVID-19
  • Corona Virus
  • Development
  • Pandemic
  • Policy

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