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Poverty monitoring in the context of Covid-19

Time (GMT +01) 11:00 12:15
Hero image description: Food parcels are created to support Filipino families in response to Covid-19 by Bayan Bayanihan, a partnership between the the Asian Development Bank and the Government of the Philippines. Image credit:Asian Development Bank Image license:CC-BY-NC-ND


Andrew Shepherd @ChronicPoverty – Principal Research Fellow, Equity and Social Policy, and Director, Chronic Poverty Advisory Network, ODI


Olivier De Schutter @DeSchutterO – UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights


Margaret Kakande – Head of the Budget Monitoring and Accountability Unit, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Uganda

Sonalde Desai @SonaldeDesai – Professor and Director, NCAER-National Data Innovation Centre and Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland

Michael Rogan @WIEGOGLOBAL – Interim Director, Urban Policies Programme, WIEGO and Associate Professor of Economics and Economic History, Rhodes University, South Africa


The spread of the Covid-19 virus is testing the health and economic systems of individual countries and the world as a whole. The standard response ‘toolkit’ initially focussed primarily on containing the spread of the virus, with some adjustment of economic and social policies required to address the needs of people in or near poverty.

Across countries there are growing concerns about the impact that the pandemic and the policy responses will have on the lives of the poorest and most marginalised who may be least able to withstand Covid-19 on top of their existing vulnerabilities and crises. While the impact of the pandemic is still in its initial stages across many low and lower middle-income countries, its peak is expected during the next few months.

This webinar brings together researchers, practitioners and policy makers to discuss the impacts of the virus and short-term policy responses on the world’s poorest, and the adjustments to immediate policy responses needed to prevent impoverishment, hunger and destitution.

This event is part of the ODI at 60 global reset dialogue series, challenging decision-makers to provide more sustainable and equitable pathways for the future.