COVID-19 Data and Innovation Centre

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.


Latin America’s female staircase fall during COVID-19

COVID has had a greater effect on women’s labor markets in Latin American Countries. As a result, fewer women are participating in the labor market, and their unemployment has increased significantly. This phenomenon, coined by some experts as a She-cession, has had a powerful effect on women with young children and young women.

How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect women’s labor markets in Latin America?

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact in women’s labor markets in Latin America. Since the beginning of the pandemic, women have been losing their status in the labor market as they shift from formal labor to informal jobs.

The Sudden Stop of Education

In March 2020, when the WHO declared a pandemic, more than 1.5 billion children around the world faced the unprecedented challenge of not being able to attend school. Today we know that an estimated 90 percent of the world’s school-aged children have had their education disrupted by the pandemic.

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Why create a COVID-19 Data and Innovation Centre

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.