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 has heavily impacted national Statistical Offices (NSOs) worldwide and, as a result, the data available to make timely and evidence-based policy decisions.
In an effort to reduce face-to-face contact and contain the COVID-19 pandemic, most countries around the world implemented measures to reduce the mobility of people through curfews, stay-at-home lockdowns, school and workplace closures, transportation restrictions, closure of government offices, cancellations of public events, among others.
Millions of women worldwide were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many lost their jobs and took on unpaid roles, yet the lack of data prevents us from really knowing what the impact was.
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.