October 21, 2020
| Dataset date: Dec 31, 2019-Sep 23, 2020
The Database of Government Actions on COVID-19 in Developing Countries collates and tracks national policies and actions in response to the pandemic, with a focus on developing countries.
The database provides information for 20 Global South countries – plus 6 Global North countries for reference – that Dalberg staff are either based in or know well. The database content is drawn from publicly available information combined, crucially, with on-the-ground knowledge of Dalberg staff.
The database contains a comprehensive set of 100 non-pharmaceutical interventions – organized in a framework intended to make it easy to observe common variations between countries in the scope and extent of major interventions. Interventions we are tracking include:
• Health-related: strengthening of healthcare systems, detection and isolation of actual / possible cases, quarantines
• Policy-related: government coordination and legal authorization, public communications and education, movement restrictions
• Distancing and hygiene: social distancing measures, movement restrictions, decontamination of physical spaces
• Economic measures: economic and social measures, logistics / supply chains and security.
We hope the database will be a useful resource for several groups of users: (i) governments and policymakers looking for a quick guide to actions taken by different countries—including a range of low- and middle-income countries, (ii) policy analysts and researchers studying the data to identify patterns of actions taken and compare the effectiveness of different interventions in curbing the pandemic, and (iii) media and others seeking to quickly access facts about the actions taken by governments in the countries covered in the database.
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