The coronavirus pandemic exposed a myriad of vulnerabilities throughout the world and added an extra layer of difficulty to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The COVID-19 Data & Innovation Centre produces data-driven knowledge that informs decision-makers and provides evidence for resources to flow where they are critically needed. The Centre brings knowledge from the South to the world.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a great example of how joint efforts are the best way to respond in the short and long term to an unprecedented health and socio-economic crisis. To this end, the United Nations created the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a UN inter-agency fund mechanism established by the UN Secretary-General to help support low-and-middle income countries to respond to the pandemic and its impacts.
Swift vaccination seems the way back to normal, reducing the number of cases, deaths, allowing people to go back to work, school and thrusting social and economic recovery. However, now that we have a vaccine, the main questions are: who is enjoying its privileges and the short-to long-term implications of vaccine unequal distribution between high- and low-income countries?
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and worsened gender gaps around the world. By observing the behavior of poverty rates by gender at all ages -especially in countries of the Global South-, more equitable policies should be built during the pandemic response and recovery phase.
In 2020, Cepei created the Data and Innovation COVID-19 Centre to deliver information, evidence, knowledge, innovation strategies, territorial requirements, and policy recommendations to the UN COVID-19 Multi-Partner Trust Fund in their purpose of strengthening response and recovery actions in the Global South. The Centre aims to:
- Give academia, CSO and other stakeholders a voice in the reopening pathway in all countries.
- Open up the dialogue through data.
- Track resources, analysis and has access to missing, privileged information.
- Shine a spotlight on immediate needs, response strategies, and how these interact with pre-existing vulnerabilities.
- Provide better information on impact to donors.