Rapid Response Survey: Poverty Impact of COVID-19

Rapid Response Survey: Poverty Impact of COVID-19

As the COVID-19 health crisis continues to unfold, the Bangladesh economy is also under threat of the subsequent economic crisis. This crisis will be most acutely experienced by the low-income population. PPRC will be launching a research project to understand the immediate coping mechanism of low-income people and micro, small and medium enterprises. The telephonic survey, targeting both rural and urban low-income populations, will help us learn about mobility patterns, the experience of economic shocks, coping mechanisms and finally about the specific needs of this group of people. This project will be carried out in partnership with Brac Institute for Governance and Development (BIGD).

As the COVID-19 health crisis continues to unfold, the Bangladesh economy is also under threat of the subsequent economic crisis. This crisis will be most acutely experienced by low income population. PPRC has launched a research project to understand immediate coping mechanism of low-income people and micro, small and medium enterprises. Through a telephonic survey targeting both urban and rural low-income populations, this study will focus on gaining insights about the mobility patterns, the experience of economic shocks, coping mechanisms and assess the specific needs of this group of people. This project will be carried out in partnership with Brac Institute for Governance and Develpment (BIGD).

Timely evidence generation will ensure that safety net measures are well targetted and meet the priority needs of the vulnerable groups.

HOSSAIN ZILLUR RAHMAN

Update:

The PPRC-BIGD study surveyed a total of 5,471 households across both rural and urban Bangladesh between 4th and 12th April 2020. The findings of the study were launched via a Virtual Press Conference on April 16.

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Findings and Policy Messages from the Rapid Response Survey: Poverty Impact of COVID-19

PPRC-BIGD Rapid Response Survey: Poverty Impact of COVID-19 A national telephonic survey with 5,471 households spread across both rural and urban Bangladesh. Jointly conducted by Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC) and BRAC Institute of Governance and Development – BIGD.The research analyzed mobility patterns, the experience of economic shocks, and coping mechanisms of Bangladesh's low-income population, both urban and rural. Findings from this study are intended to support better design and targeting of emergency support programmes for the vulnerable population. Through evidence-informed policy recommendations, we hope to protect some of the most vulnerable groups in our country during this pandemic.For more information on this research, visit: http://www.pprc-bd.org/covid19response/#coronaresponse #covid19 #bangladesh

Posted by Power and Participation Research Centre – PPRC on Saturday, April 18, 2020

Update: May 20, 2020

Launch of PPRC-BIGD Survey Report on Livelihoods, Support, and Coping

The findings of this research were presented in a Webinar – Report Launch: Livelihoods, Coping, and Support during Covid-19 which took place at 2:00 PM (BST), Wednesday, 20 May 2020.

The detailed research findings were unveiled by Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman, Executive Chairman, PPRC, and Dr. Imran Matin, Executive Director, BIGD.

Discussants:

  1. Professor Rehman Sobhan, Chairman, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)
  2. Asif Saleh, Executive Director, BRAC Bangladesh
  3. Professor Shamsul Alam, Member (Sr. Secretary), General Economic Division, Ministry of Planning, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
  4. Professor S. R. Osmani, Professor of Development Economics at Ulster University
  5. Professor Naila Kabeer, Professor of Gender and Development at the Gender Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science
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