2020

COVID-19: Humanitarian Exemptions to Goverment Measures
Created: 26/05/2020 +

Overview

Worldwide, governments are implementing a range of measures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. These actions may hamper humanitarian operations, particularly measures that restrict entry, movement, or people gathering. In some contexts, exemptions for humanitarian actors are in place to prevent the disruption of operations. This report explores humanitarian exemptions to measures adopted by governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 Government Measures Update VII
Created: 20/05/2020 +

Overview

An outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus (abbreviated “COVID-19”) was first reported in China in December 2019. The outbreak was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020.
This report provides an update to previous ACAPS reports that explore measures adopted by governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which can be found here. Our reports are a component of ACAPS’ broader effort to monitor the secondary impacts of the pandemic and are based on publicly available data assembled by our team through a wide scanning of information across the globe. Further country-specific analysis of the COVID-19 situation and analysis of challenges for humanitarian operations can be found here.

COVID-19 Humanitarian Outcome Survey: Key findings VI
Created: 18/05/2020 +

Overview

The Humanitarian Experts Network was established by ACAPS on the 6th of April this year. Each week we have invited HEN members to participate in a COVID-19 perceptions survey – about what they are seeing, thinking, and doing in the contexts they work. We do this because we believe their knowledge and understanding is a valuable source of information that can help tell a richer story about the impact of COVID-19 on lives and livelihoods around the globe. In this 6th report we asked humanitarians and development workers about:

  • Where in the COVID-19 outbreak they think their country specific context is in
  • Food access and how to improve it
  • Livelihoods challenged by COVID-19
  • How programmes are affected and
  • COVID-19’s impact on gender sensitive programming

Click here to see HEN results for your region or country in a dashboard format.

Understanding the impact of COVID-19: Key questions and info gaps
Created: 18/05/2020 +

Overview

Despite a large amount of information published on the COVID-19 pandemic, there remain significant gaps in our knowledge and understanding. This is particularly so in relation to the impact of the pandemic in places already in humanitarian crisis. This report provides an overview of the key information gaps and limitations in interpreting existing COVID-19 data. In this report we also identify the big questions that are important for our understanding of the impact of COVID-19. It does not seek to provide answers to these questions or provide detailed analysis of the issues identified, rather it intends to highlight key gaps in our understanding and knowledge. Humanitarian and development actors need to be aware of the gaps and limitations of the current information landscape in order to ensure that, where possible, efforts are made to avoid uninformed assumptions.

Covid-19 Government Measures Update VI
Created: 15/05/2020 +

Overview

This report provides an update to previous ACAPS reports that explore measures adopted by governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which can be found here. Our reports are a component of ACAPS’ broader effort to monitor the secondary impacts of the pandemic and are based on publicly available data assembled by our team through a wide scanning of information across the globe.  

COVID-19 Humanitarian Outcome Survey: Key findings V
Created: 11/05/2020 +

Overview

This is the 5th HEN report which gave us the opportunity to follow up on the following issues that emerged from previous surveys: programme adaptations, concerns for children not in school, increasing numbers of people in need, increasing levels of domestic violence.
To understand these issues better, in this edition we asked how informants were finding out about the increasing numbers of people in need and also how they were identifying domestic violence in the current COVID-19 conditions. From May 4 to May 9, the HEN network grew to 831 members from 442 organisations across 104 countries. 112 HEN members participated in this week’s survey.

COVID-19 Humanitarian Outcome Survey: Key findings IV
Created: 04/05/2020 +

Overview

This report shares findings from HEN’s fourth global survey launched on 27 April 2020. This report focuses on: top concerns related to COVID-19 impacts, the direct and indirect health impacts experienced in country, movement restrictions, and people’s access to services. HEN members were also asked about information gaps. Reports that health services are overwhelmed come from HEN respondents in North America and Europe but not from other parts of the world.  This is in line with media reports indicating that the pandemic has had a great impact elsewhere.  Respondents in the Middle East and Africa reported the least impact on health services. There is a perceived lack of transparency in information shared by many governing authorities.  HEN members reported doubts or mistrust in statistics related to COVID-19 including the number of cases, degree of testing and tests number of available. From April 27 to May 4, the HEN network grew to 777 members from 409 organisations across 98 countries. 100 HEN members participated in this week’s survey. This report analyses the results by region (Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Asia and Oceania, South America, North America, and Europe).

Covid-19 Government Measures Update V
Created: 01/05/2020 +

Overview

This report provides an update to previous ACAPS reports that explore measures adopted by governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which can be found here. Our reports are a component of ACAPS’ broader effort to monitor the secondary impacts of the pandemic and are based on publicly available data assembled by our team through a wide scanning of information across the globe.

COVID-19 Humanitarian Outcome Survey: Key findings III
Created: 27/04/2020 +

Overview

This report shares findings from HEN’s third global survey launched on 20 April 2020. From 20 April to 27 April, the HEN network grew to 707 members from 373 organisations across 97 countries, and 66 HEN members participated in the third online survey. This tells us the HEN is a good idea and you want this information, but it also presents a challenge to providing the most complete story possible. We recognize that HEN members are busy and under pressure, and greatly value the time taken to respond, but we need more surveys completed weekly.
The COVID-19 crisis is the combination of the measures being used to contain it and the behaviours they provoke; the impact goes far beyond health. Your voice, and your opinions shape how we collectively understand the impact on the communities, households and individuals in your respective locations. To make this work, we need your input. We will keep the surveys brief, we will continue to be better, more targeted, and we will promise to get the information to you as quickly as we can every week, within days of closing the survey.

COVID-19 Government Measures Update IV
Created: 24/04/2020 +

Overview

This report provides an update to previous ACAPS reports that explore measures adopted by governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which can be found here. Our reports are a component of ACAPS’ broader effort to monitor the secondary impacts of the pandemic and are based on publicly available data assembled by our team through a wide scanning of information across the globe.

Vulnerability to COVID-19 containment measures
Created: 21/04/2020 +

Overview

Countries across the world are enforcing a range of measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These include, but are not limited to, closures of non-essential businesses, schools and borders and other restrictions aimed at enforcing social distancing. As of mid-April an estimated 2.6 billion people are living under a partial or full lockdown. The impact of COVID-19 containment measures on a country will differ depending on current living conditions and access to essential services, as well as social cohesion and standards of protection available to the population. ACAPS’ analysis is focused on how low- and middle-income countries are vulnerable to containment measures. This is a first-step analysis product, which will shape ACAPS country and regional case studies that will look into some of these issues in greater depth. The analysis in this report is based on secondary data review. It also takes in to consideration data retrieved from ACAPS Humanitarian Experts Network and ACAPS Government Measures dataset.

COVID-19 Humanitarian Outcome Survey: Key findings
Created: 20/04/2020 +

Overview

To help make sense of the COVID-19 crisis ACAPS launched the Humanitarian Experts network (HEN), a contributing group of humanitarian experts based all over the world who can provide rapid information as the crisis unfolds. This report shares findings from HEN’s second global survey launched on 14 April 2020. 122 HEN members participated in the survey and 134 new humanitarians joined the network in the last week. The HEN network has 596 members from 266 organisations across 90 countries. Thank you to everyone who joined the network and completed the latest survey. Our network continued to grow. This week, technical glitches prevented some of our members from responding. We apologise and are working on fixing this for future rounds. 

Please share the HEN network with your contacts across the globe who can help us all develop a clearer picture of how this crisis is evolving and impacting on the most vulnerable communities.
To join the HEN and participate in future surveys, click here.

COVID-19 Government Measures: Impact on Displaced Populations Update III
Created: 16/04/2020 +

Overview

Displaced populations, including refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced people (IDPs), have been identified as particularly vulnerable to negative impacts of COVID-19. Considering their pre-existing vulnerabilities, they also disproportionately face negative implications stemming from the government measures taken in response to the pandemic. This report explores how refugees and other displaced populations are affected by government measures, whether intentionally or unintentionally.

COVID-19 Humanitarian Outcome Survey: Key findings
Created: 14/04/2020 +

Overview

To help make sense of the COVID-19 crisis ACAPS launched the Humanitarian Experts network (HEN), a contributing group of humanitarian experts based all over the world who can provide rapid information as the crisis unfolds. This report includes the first findings from HEN’s global survey launched on 6 April 2020, in which 462 have participated. Six ACAPS analysts, with technical support from Satellite Applications Catapult, cleaned, coded and summarised the HEN results. We tested our assumptions in a joint analysis session with three partners. Our findings have been grouped in five regions (Africa, Asia and Oceania, Middle East, Americas, Europe) to make it easier to digest, but contact us at hen@acaps.org if you want more detailed information. 

 

Covid-19: Scenarios
Created: 10/04/2020 +

Overview

Three scenarios have been developed to consider how the global humanitarian system will be impacted over the next six months in relation to COVID-19.
 

  • Scenario 1: Global containment of the pandemic; economic recovery starts in most high-income countries; containment measures drive poverty rates elsewhere.
     
  • Scenario 2: Virus is contained in most high-income countries; elsewhere the spread is slowed but with major outbreaks in middle- and low-income countries.
     
  • Scenario 3: Virus is largely not contained; second phase outbreaks occur; harsher and more austere containment measures enacted; serious economic decline.

The primary purpose is to inform strategic humanitarian decision-making through an understanding of the possible changes in needs for humanitarian assistance and possible constraints in meeting these needs.

To easily compare the three scenarios, ACAPS has prepared an excel table, which can be accessed HERE.

COVID-19 Impact on humanitarian operations
Created: 08/04/2020 +

Overview

ACAPS has conducted a Quick Impact Survey as part of its efforts to better understand the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and its impact on current humanitarian operations. It was sent to humanitarian organisations worldwide. The Quick Impact Survey conducted between 27 March and 30 March, asked nine questions about the impact of government measures on operations, steps taken to protect staff and affected people, and five additional questions about the respondents. Overall, ACAPS received 136 responses from 95 different respondents, including over 80 non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The responses covered at least 52 different countries of operation, not including single answers for multiple countries, regional responses, or headquarters.
ACAPS has developed an analytical framework to approach the analysis of this ongoing and quickly developing crisis. We published a report on initial government measures and will continue to monitor new government measures and their impact. Based on these insights, and in collaboration with partners, ACAPS is also working on forward-looking analysis and scenarios for the humanitarian community to better prepare for the changes to come.
 

COVID-19 Government Measures Update II
Created: 26/03/2020 +

Overview

This report provides an update to the first ACAPS report on government measures published on 19 March. ACAPS’ report on government measures maps initial measures adopted by governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a component of ACAPS’ broader effort to monitor the impact of the pandemic.

Our reports are based on publicly available data assembled by our team through a wide scanning of information across the globe. This second report seeks to provide further preliminary analysis on government measures being implemented worldwide. Given the speed in which governments are amending or introducing new measures in response to COVID-19, the dataset and analysis are likely to have information gaps.

COVID-19: Government Measures
Created: 19/03/2020 +

Overview

Beginning in January 2020, WHO has encouraged governments to reduce transmission of COVID-19. These efforts include active surveillance, detection, isolation and treatment, and contact tracing. This report maps the initial measures adopted by governments. It is a component of ACAPS’s broader effort to monitor the impact of the pandemic.

This report is based on publicly available data assembled by our team through a wide scanning of information across the globe. It provides an initial analysis of the data. In order to share the information quickly, the analysis is descriptive and cannot yet be thorough. We present these initial findings along with the data set. As resources will need to be carefully prioritized, we present a holistic analysis based on broad information. As information changes and data evolve and our analysis will deepen.

We are still in the early stages of the pandemic and report mainly on initial government policies. Rules and guidelines are changing daily. We anticipate providing an update to this report weekly.