Category: COVID-19

Leveraging Higher Ed policy for digital access in times of COVID-19

Leveraging Higher Ed policy for digital access in times of COVID-19

Preface With the COVID-19 crisis dominating our consciousness and shutting down public life, including schools, universities, and other commercial activities, there is a fear that this may impact universities and institutions of higher education, adversely. In this context, there is growing recognition of the power of digital technologies in learning and many institutes of higher …

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Removing bottlenecks to flow of remittances should be a top priority during COVID-19: Policy Brief

Removing bottlenecks to flow of remittances should be a top priority during COVID-19: Policy Brief

Summary With close to $500 billion of remittances flowing around the world, the phenomenon of remittances as a force for community development and individual empowerment cannot be ignored. Remittances impact the lives of almost a billion people, worldwide. While the flow of money during the best of times is constrained by various policy initiatives and …

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Is healthcare a privilege or a birthright?

Is healthcare a privilege or a birthright?

COVID-19 has altered the answer to that question forever, making a case that it is actually both. This pandemic has caused changes in just about every aspect of life. Through a government lens, it has pushed states to ask and define what is “essential”. There has also been a challenge identifying to what extent, the …

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Coronavirus: How can we keep remittances flowing?

Coronavirus: How can we keep remittances flowing?

The World Bank is projecting the largest decline in remittances in history, due to COVID-19. On April 23, 2020, The World Bank hosted a webinar with Dr. Dilip Ratha, Chief Economist Remittances unit at the bank on how we could keep remittances flowing. Here is an abridged version of the webinar. Q: Can you give …

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Maintaining National Cohesion During A Drawn-out Pandemic

Maintaining National Cohesion During A Drawn-out Pandemic

The localized crisis causes distressing discord to a community.  Widespread catastrophe creates agonizing chaos in any region. If not managed carefully, long-term chaos will knock the wind out of our sails and destroy national cohesion. Noble response to the novel COVID-19.  Public administrators, police officers, firefighters, paramedics, medical staff, sanitation workers, long-haul truckers, local delivery …

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Frontline Workers & Stress: COVID-19 Reminds Us to Pay Attention to What Matters

Frontline Workers & Stress: COVID-19 Reminds Us to Pay Attention to What Matters

Crawford Coates A recent study out in the Journal of the American Medical Association surveyed 1,257 healthcare workers in China who worked on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic response. It finds a significant number of those surveyed experiencing symptoms of distress, including depression, anxiety, and insomnia.[1] The closer to the epicenter of the pandemic, …

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Government mandated shutdowns are making a case for welfare

Government mandated shutdowns are making a case for welfare

With talks of some sort of welfare mechanism for millions of Americans doing the rounds, it looks like Universal Basic Income (UBI) is having a moment of spotlight. Let us not forget that it had its moment during the Democratic Primaries, with Andrew Yang making it his signature policy. Welfare policies are making a comeback …

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