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Will the Pandemic Exacerbate or Mitigate the Digital Gender Gap?

  • Parul Tandon and Sonal Jaitly

COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on women must be urgently addressed through the provision of digital financial literacy and access.

Civil registration systems as enablers of emergency response to the covid-19 crisis: Namibian Emergency Grant

  • Zoran Đoković, Tulimeke Munyika, Colin Muleke, William Muhwava, Hosea Mitala and Anette Bayer Forsingdal

This technical brief explains how Namibia was able to successfully execute its emergency program with remarkable efficiency, distributing a one-time benefit to 747,000 screened applicants, requiring only 72 hours to process each application. The case highlights the value of having invested in an integrated digital National Population Register, housing the Civil Registry and the ID Production System with a very high coverage, and linking it with other government electronic databases.

The elusive riddle of successful communication in welfare delivery programs

  • Arshi Aadil and Saborni Poddar

Despite efforts from governments across the globe, the poor lack awareness of social protection and welfare delivery programs. This blog explores the intricacies of government communication using case studies. It also discusses mastering the elements of planning, research, content, and outreach channels to develop an ideal communication strategy.

Addressing the weak link in COVID-19 relief: how improving strategic communications can boost the impact of social protection programs

  • Arshi Aadil and Abhishek Jain

Nations worldwide have responded to COVID-19 through 1,100 social protection programs to help 1.8 billion-plus people. Yet recipients are largely in the dark about the programs and do not know how to access funds. This blog examines the importance of better communication around social protection programs, particularly for the vulnerable population.

Coping with COVID-19 in Uganda

  • Doreen Ahimbisibwe and Anup Singh

MSC conducted a research study to assess what the low- and middle-income (LMI) segments in Uganda understand about COVID-19 in terms of awareness, preventive measures being taken, gender dynamics at play in their households, and the use of digital financial services during this time. We present our findings in this report.

Coping measures for “measurement” in the time of COVID-19

  • Rahul Chatterjee, Monica Dutta

COVID-19 has seen governments across the globe walk a tightrope as they scramble to contain the spread of the disease while keeping the economy stable. In this unprecedented situation, ground-level data for evidence-based decision-making assumes critical significance. This blog looks at five key lessons from MSC’s research on COVID-19.

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