East Africa Research Facility Concept Note
An effective COVID-19 response in East Africa requires rapid evidence generation and synthesis across multiple disciplines and sectors that leads to the delivery of usable policy- and practice relevant products. This initiative sought to establish a research and analysis facility to meet this goal, which would be managed by a consortium consisting of the Centre for Humanitarian Change, and the Rift Valley Institute. The facility consulted with key decision-makers on an ongoing basis to identify priority evidence and knowledge gaps based on its expertise and networks and is providing a call down facility for DFID Country Offices and other stakeholders.
The facility was intended to meet the diverse and changing range of evidence needs required by the COVID-19 response, using multiple methodological approaches across thematic areas and geographies of interest to convene a wide network of experts, gather data remotely and conduct analysis.
The consortium was subdivided into several key working groups:
- Remittances & Diaspora.
- Politics & Conflict.
- Economy & Food Security
An additional group was formed focusing on gender based perspectives related to COVID-19. For a full summary of the meetings see below links:
Africa Voices Webinar: Case Studies-Somali views in the early days of COVID
Somali language Whatsapp info box
Hagaha Coronavirus developed outside of the group, with interface, audio messaging, following WHO guidelines.
Diaspora & Remittances:
Blog posts on remittances and economic impact
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