EARF 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 seeks 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 is consulting 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.
This facility will have the capacity 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 has been subdivided into several key working groups:
- Remittances & Diaspora.
- Politics & Conflict.
- Economy & Food Security
An additional group being formed on gender based perspectives related to COVID-19. For a full summary of the meetings see below links:
Africa Voices Webinar: https://www.africasvoices.org/case-studies/somali-views-in-the-early-days-of-covid-19-a-rapid-diagnostic/
Somali language Whatsapp info box
Hagaha Coronavirus developed outside of the group, with interface , audio messaging, following WHO guidelines.
Diaspora & Remittances:
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