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COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries: Implications for outcomes contracts

What are the experiences of COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)? How are governments, NGOs and funders reacting to the crisis in these contexts? What does COVID-19 mean for outcomes contracts in LMICs? And, what should high-income countries learn from their experiences and response efforts? 

This virtual panel brings together a range of experts to speak about COVID-19 experiences in LMICs, including perspectives on changes to policy, various approaches to emergency response, and how services and outcomes funding in these contexts are designed to cope, or not, with this crisis.

This session explores how stakeholders LMICs are reacting to the COVID-19 crisis. Effectively responding to COVID-19 is made all the more challenging because LMICs are typically low capacity and capability settings both in terms of financial and human capital. Yet, despite scarcity of recourses LMICs are disproportionally impacted by humanitarian and natural crises in comparison to high-income countries, therefore what past lessons can we draw upon when developing emergency management responses to COVID-19 and can they be applied to high-income countries?

Welcome and introduction to session format

Clare FitzGerald, Research Fellow, Government Outcomes Lab

Andreea Anastasiu, Policy Engagement Manager, Government Outcomes Lab


The Lightning Round: 5-minute presentation/10-min Q&A

Louise Savell, Director, Social Finance  

Richard Johnson, Chair of the West Bank DIB

Maria Laura Tinelli, Director, Acrux Partners Ltd.

Abha Thorat-Shah, Executive Director (Social Finance), British Asian Trust


Concluding thoughts

Radana Crhova, Development Impact Bonds Advisor, Department for International Development

Lerato Lehoko, Managing Director, Bonds4Jobs

James Ronicle, Associate Director, Ecorys UK

Sope Williams-Elegbe, Professor and Head of the Department of Mercantile Law, Stellenbosch University

Avnish Gungadurdoss, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Instiglio