News & Analysis: Poverty and inequality

Overview and FindingsNIDS-CRAM Synthesis Report Wave 1

“The true value of the NIDS-CRAM data lies in the fact that it is a panel survey and follows the same individuals over this turbulent time. Recognising who is entering and leaving employment and what this means for their household’s livelihood is a critical issue that can only be answered with panel data.”


The Price of Inaction During The COVID-19 Crisis

“It is better, cheaper, and more dignified to frontload responses to the pandemic and its secondary effects. Waiting and then reacting when the full impacts are already visible would be a more expensive proposition. Delaying action not only shifts the burden to the future, but the price of the response will also exponentially increase, as the crisis cascades and reverberates for years to come.”

via Center for Global Development

The impact of the Coronavirus and lockdown on children’s welfare in South Africa

“In newly collected data from Wave 1 of the NIDS-CRAM study, 15% of respondents reported that a child in their household had gone hungry in the week before they were interviewed in May or June. For the month of April, 47% of respondents reported that their household had run of money (the first month of the lockdown, before social relief measures were instituted).”


Examining the unintended health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a direct negative impact on access to non-COVID-19 related healthcare. In May, the Gauteng Provincial Health Department noted that close to 11,000 HIV patients have failed to collect their medicines since the start of the lockdown period.”


Three million jobs lost and hunger surging amid COVID-19 crisis — survey

“About 3-million South Africans have lost their jobs during the country’s nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19. An additional 1.5-million workers have lost their incomes as a result of the lockdown.”

via Mail & Guardian

Gender and the early effects of the COVID-19 crisis in the paid and unpaid economies in South Africa

“We find that women have been more severely affected than men in the early phase of the crisis in South Africa, namely the ‘hard’ lockdown period. Net job losses between February and April 2020 were higher for women than for men, with women accounting for two-thirds of the total net job losses.”


COVID-19, social protection, and the labour market in South Africa: Are social grants being targeted at the most vulnerable?

“Since democratization, social assistance in particular has expanded significantly with nearly 18 million recipients (or nearly one in every three South Africans) as of 2019/20 at a cost of 3.4% of GDP (South African Social Assistance Agency, 2020). However, little progress has been made with respect to social insurance (Woolard et al., 2011).”


Imagining Post-COVID recovery

“With earning channels narrowed, how do families plan to get by? While many simply hope for a quick recovery, many others expected needing to pivot their income earning strategies to include small-scale trade of consumables such as charcoal and vegetables.”

via FSD Kenya

Locked Down and Left Behind: The Impact of COVID-19 on Refugees’ Economic Inclusion

“Refugees living in low- and middle-income countries are especially vulnerable to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, COVID-19 will likely lead to widespread loss of livelihoods and an increase in poverty among refugee populations.”

via Center for Global Development

In Burkina Faso, violence and COVID-19 push children into harm’s way

“As jihadist-linked violence surges in Burkina Faso, children are facing particularly severe hardships: more than half of the roughly one million Burkinabe now displaced across the country are 18 and under, and many have been forced out of school by attacks and threats from extremists.”

via The New Humanitarian