The socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in developing countries

Lead researchers:

Tabassum Rahman, University of Newcastle, Australia

Debayan Pakrashi, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India

Asad Islam, Monash University, Australia

Firoz Ahmed, Khulna University, Bangladesh

Partners: Monash University, Australia

Timeline: May 2020 to March 2021

Status: Complete

Method: Quantitative

The overview of the project:

The global pandemic of COVID-19 has paralysed the globe over the last few months. The lockdown and social distancing have resulted in business closure and disruption to informal economic activities bringing the livelihood of millions of people, particularly those in the low-income groups, to a halt.

We are collecting socioeconomic and public health data to understand:

  1. The short and medium-term effects of lockdown and social distancing measures on the physical and mental health of men and women within the family.
  2. The effect on lives and livelihood with a particular focus on women and children.
  3. Compliance with social distancing and other recommended health practices following information campaigns over the phone.
  4. Understand the long-term effects of completed randomized evaluations on interactions with COVID-19 responses.