Responses to the financial impacts of COVID-19 through social cash transfers and digital payment infrastructure
The financial impact of COVID-19 has been hitting the poor. Governments are adjusting cash transfer programs and utilizing national payment systems to mitigate these negative impacts. This blog reviews responses from Latin America, Asia and Sub Saharan Africa where governments with limited resources are coming up with innovative solutions to the crisis.
Floods and drought in 2019, a locust invasion in 2020, and now COVID-19: How do these incidents, particularly COVID-19 affect the food supply chain in the Horn of Africa?
Locust invasion, which followed a spell of flood and drought in 2019 left farmers in the horn of Africa left the farmers in anguish. Before the farmers could recover, Covid-19 has brought a new cause of concern. On the other hand, these disasters seem to bring new equilibrium in the agri-value chains coordination. This blog analyzes the role of digitization, innovative agriculture finance and policy and regulations to safeguard food supply chain in the COVID-19 era.
Micro and small enterprises: Will the pandemic put an end to their business?
This blog looks at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on micro and small enterprises (MSEs) across low- and middle-income countries, which are particularly vulnerable to shocks. Our research insights will help policymakers and financial institutions support the recovery and rebuilding of the MSME sector in the wake of the disease.