When the COVID-19 pandemic first broke out, national statistical offices (NSOs) around the world acted to suspend face-to-face interviews and asked staff to work from home, even though many lacked adequate technology for remote work. More than a year into the pandemic, the effects on national statistical offices are far more extensive and long-term than initially anticipated , even despite improvements NSOs have since made in collecting data and upgrading their information and communication technology (ICT).
This entry introduces seven papers published during the weeks of June 7 and 18 on various topics including the economic impacts of the COVID pandemic, cross-border electricity trade in Latin America, conservation of communal forests in Burkina Faso and others. Here are the highlights of select findings.
COVID-19 has devastated lives and livelihoods. According to Ferreira et al. (2021), by December 2020 almost 20 million life-years were lost to COVID-19 and more than 120 million additional years were spent in poverty. To provide insight into the costs, consequences, and policy responses to the crisis, this page highlights research on COVID-19 produced by the World Bank's Development Research Group.