Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has launched a rapid policy-relevant research response to better understand the unprecedented development challenges created by COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries. The IDRC is funding research efforts by 25 think tanks, networks, and consortia in low-income countries generating evidence-based recommendations for how governments, the private sector, and civil society organizations can most effectively respond to the crisis in low-income countries.
Research is focused on the following three themes:
- Economic policies mitigating impacts of the pandemic;
- Public and private sector measures supporting vulnerable group and promoting gender equality during the pandemic; and
- Responses to protect democratic freedoms and security throughout the pandemic.
The IDRC plans to publish research findings in the coming months.