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The humanitarian crisis in northern Syria is on the verge of becoming a COVID-19 catastrophe. A decade of conflict has left the healthcare system in ruins—and millions of displaced people in Idlib province were already suffering due to a lack of shelter and sanitation. This policy briefing delves into roots of the humanitarian crisis in Idlib, details the current capacity of the exhausted healthcare system amid the ongoing conflict, and examines what these constraints mean for mounting a response to the spread of the coronavirus. 

May 05, 2020
Hanny Megally
Middle East, Syria
Humanitarian Crises

Lockdown measures have been an integral tool in the fight against COVID-19. But they come at a high cost, given their impacts on economies, employment and incomes, education, food systems, mental health and even the potential for civil unrest. This policy briefing examines how countries are balancing the need for lockdown with policy measures to alleviate their effects and plans for reopening.

May 01, 2020
Sarah Cliffe

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank conducted their first virtual Spring Meetings amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This briefing summarizes the discussions, which focused on the economic impact of the pandemic, and provides key takeaways on topics including debt relief, financing for COVID-19 response, multilateral partnerships, and efforts to support global supply chains.


Apr 18, 2020
Sarah Cliffe

This policy briefing examines how governments, multilateral organizations, and international financial institutions can leverage existing and new community-based responses to deal more effectively with the health, social, and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the globe, people are also moving, both in response to the threat of the virus and the actions states have taken to stem transmission. This memo examines population movements in pandemics, detailing the internal and cross-border movements now taking place, tracking the measures governments are implementing to to respond, and offering policy recommendations.

Apr 10, 2020
Sarah Cliffe, Leah Zamore, Nendirmwa Noel
Humanitarian Crises