Leveraging Research for Solution-driven Policymaking in the Era of COVID-19

The United Nations has tasked the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Population and Public Health ( CIHR-IPPH ) to lead the research roadmap to identify priorities that will support an equitable global socio-economic recovery from COVID-19 within the broader framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the world grapples with the impacts of COVID-19, identifying the research agenda and partnering with academic institutions and think tanks have become more essential than ever before. Citizens, healthcare professionals and governments—from Bandung to Baltimore, Calcutta to Cancun, Palawan to Pretoria, and Tokyo to Toulouse—are using the COVID-19 data of the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center ( CRC ) to get real-time information on new cases of infection and deaths from the disease. The world is benefitting greatly from the expertise of this academic institution and its ability to pool information globally. This is a testament of an extraordinary power of research to step up international cooperation. Political economy research within COVID-19 recovery plans could highlight how social inclusion interacts with the dynamics associated with national institutional frameworks. It can further emphasize the role of governance and stakeholder engagement within the broad parameters of underlying national economic interests. These research topics can underline the influence of entrenched cultural, institutional and political systems that shape realities of social inclusion in challenging circumstances. Globally, most countries and their research institutions are in the process of developing their own COVID-19 tracking systems to recognize the unprecedented economic contraction from this pandemic and the disproportionate burden of its impact on society’s most vulnerable groups. During the past six months, economic research agendas have clearly shared the view that we are not in this together: our societies are drifting apart, calling for a greater attention on overcoming a deep economic divide created by the crisis. As wealth and income inequalities exacerbate around the world, COVID-19 widens the gap and pulls apart an increasing number of economies. New University of Oxford research suggests that investment in climate-friendly policy initiatives could offer the best economic returns coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on surveys of more than 200 senior economists and economic officials, the research finds that interventions with the greatest impact on both economic return and positive environmental outcomes include investing in clean physical infrastructure, education and training, natural capital projects and clean R&D. Sudip Ranjan Basu , Programme Officer – Partnerships, Office of the Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Monica Das , Associate Professor, Skidmore College Alexandra Boakes Tracy , President, Hoi Ping Ventures Achim Wennmann , Senior Researcher, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau

2020-09-16 | Asia-Pacific, Development & Aid, Economy & Trade | English |