Quarterly Update 3
September 2020
COVID-19 Global South Response and Recovery -
Strategic Vision and Action Plan
The COVID-19 pandemic has posed, exposed and exacerbated challenges for countries and communities across the Global South that will have global long term repercussions. Responding to the demographic, social, economic, political, and geopolitical impacts and implications of this crisis calls for bold thinking and forceful actions. Our goal is to support Global South authorities and societies to respond and recover through a comprehensive and contextualized action plan that has been organized along our three pillars of work: Diagnose, Mobilize and Transform.

To learn more about the COVID-19 projects we are currently developing in Africa, Latin America and the MENA region, continued reading.
COVID-19 Response and Recovery
Socioeconomic Assessment of the Impacts and Implications of COVID-19 in South Sudan
With UNDP South Sudan and ADE
We are currently conducting a rapid socio-economic assessment of the macroeconomic, social and fiscal effects of the pandemic in the country, as well as analyzing the initial implications of response actions on poverty, vulnerability, food security, gender, health, and governance in the region.

COVID-19 Rapid Impact Socioeconomic Assessment and Recovery Roadmap in Liberia
With UNDP Liberia and ADE

Aside from looking at the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic (and its mitigation measures), this study analyzes the pre-existing macro and micro-economic, human development and governance vulnerabilities of Liberia. Based on the findings, we will chart a roadmap for the recovery process.

Socioeconomic Assessment of the Impacts and Implications of COVID-19 in Equatorial Guinea
With UNDP Equatorial Guinea and ADE
This Rapid Socioeconomic Assessment entails an evaluation the COVID crisis at a (1) macro-fiscal level, (2) by key sectors and in (3) key Sustainable Development Goals. Results for this project will be presented to key stakeholders in an online dashboard.

Socioeconomic Assessment of the Impacts and Implications of COVID-19 in Togo 
With UNDP Togo and ADE
The project seeks to generate data and evidence of the population's behaviors and perceptions regarding COVID-19 with the objective of improving communication efforts and generating insights for public health and government authorities.

Pilot: Violence Against Women (VaW) Risk Model To Channel Support to Those Most At-Risk in Mexico
With GIZ Data Lab 
This project is using an innovative approach to identify geographical areas throughout Mexico where women could be most at risk of experiencing violence in the domestic setting, by leveraging traditional and non traditional sources of data to build a risk model and a visualization map. 

"Criteria" platform for Honduras and El Salvador
With ProsperIA
"Criteria" is an interactive platform created to support policy-makers in designing social protection policies by providing evidence through data, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Criteria" has been used by the governments of Uruguay, Mexico, Colombia, Panamá and Costa Rica. We are now supporting its implementation in Honduras, El Salvador and Brazil. Watch this video to learn more. 

COVID-19 Project in Lebanon
With UN ESCWA (Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia)
The objective is to estimate the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis to inform the national response and recovery strategies in Lebanon. Some components of this project include mobilization efforts to build local awareness, connection and capacities.

COVID-19 Project in the Maldives
With UNFPA Maldives and the National Bureau of Statistics (BNS) 
This project seeks to leverage big data sources, such as the mobile phone records (CDRs) and official statistics, to understand the effects of COVID-19 mobility restrictions on the population dynamics and mobility in the country, and to set a new benchmark for innovative application of mobile phone analytics.
C-19 Global South Observatory
A project under our "Mobilize" Pillar
The C-19 Global South Observatory, produced in collaboration with ADE (Analysis for Economic Decisions), aims to monitor the status, impacts and implications of the health crisis in countries of the Global South through succinct and analytical Country Briefs, which are informed by DPA and ADE‘s in-house and international-local experts. Each brief attempts to provide relevant and necessary contextual information to characterize the current status of the pandemic, which is crucial to anticipate future needs. As of now, 43 Country Briefs are available in English, and six of them are also accessible in the national language (Spanish, French or Arabic).  

We would like to deeply thank every author that has contributed in writing a Country Brief. Keeping the information up to date is a challenging task, so please continue to send us key updates. And if you would like develop a brief for a country that is currently not featured in the observatory, email us at
C-19 Global South Observatory
Latest Publication
Mundos Paralelos: A Project with Oxfam México
Mundos Paralelos (in English, "Parallel Worlds") was developed by DPA and Oxfam México to analyze the inequality among the inhabitants of Mexico City from a spatial perspective, by using mobility data (provided by Cuebiq's Data for Good program). The project focuses on how two population groups –from opposite socioeconomic and geographical sectors of the city (the "parallel words")– use different spaces (recreational, educational, for consumption, other) and measures the possibility of those two groups encountering with each other in their their daily lives. The resulting report takes a deep look at three particular dimensions of inequality: i) in the access to education, ii) in the right to the city, and iii) in the access to culture. Watch this video based on the results from the study.
Mundos paralelos es un proyecto desarrollado por Data-Pop Alliance y Oxfam México utilizando datos del programa Data for Good de Cuebiq, cuyo propósito es analizar la desigualdad que enfrentan miles de habitantes en la Ciudad de México. Se tomó como estudio de caso la forma en cómo dos sectores socioeconómicos opuestos (los “mundos paralelos”) se apropian de los espacios que conforman la urbe y la posibilidad de encuentro entre dos mundos económica y geográficamente distantes. El reporte analiza tres dimensiones de la desigualdad: i) en el acceso a la educación, ii) el derecho a la ciudad y iii) en el acceso a la cultura a través de la disponibilidad de bibliotecas y museos. Te invitamos a ver este video basado en los resultados del reporte.
Read Report (in Spanish)
More Data Projects

GIZ Data Project Cycle I & II
Partners: GIZ Data Lab, GIZ Ecuador
This project seeks to create a Toolkit to guide GIZ in the use of nontraditional data sources throughout the project lifecycle. The Toolkit will be tested and tried to support GIZ Ecuador’s “Ciudades Intermedias Sostenibles” II. 

New Team Members & Job Opportunities
In the last few months, we had the pleasure of welcoming several talented professionals from different parts of the world into our team. Get to know them here.

Zinnya del Villar: Research Director, Data Science (France - Spanish, French, English)
Zinnya has more than 15 years of experience working with data. She leads the technical components of all DPA projects. Listen to her TED talk here (In French with Spanish subtitules).

Nigora Isamiddinova: Project Manager  (Tunisia - Russian, Uzbek, English, French, Spanish)
Nigora is a development practitioner and public policy specialist currently leading COVID-19 socio-economic impact assessment and recovery projects in Liberia, South Sudan, Togo and Maldives.

Roaa Alfeel: Project Officer  (Lebanon - English, Arabic)
With experience in the fields of machine learning, data sciences, and big data, Roaa currently contributes to our Lebanon projects with UN ESCWA.

Kevin Ritthikrai Henkens: Project Officer  (Belgium - Thai, English, French)
Kevin has experience in data analysis and impact evaluations of policies. He collaborates with DPA in COVID-19 socioeconomic impact-related projects for Liberia, South Sudan and Togo.

Juan Camilo Mejía: Research Consultant  (Colombia - Spanish, English, French)
Juan has previously worked on key infrastructure development projects and the national strategy for Big Data in Colombia. He collaborates with our projects in Togo and Equatorial Guinea.

Lao Kenao: Research Consultant  (Togo - French, Kabyè, Ewé, English)
Lao has experience in modeling socio-economic phenomena using survey data, strategic analysis and monitoring evaluation.

Irene Clavijo: Research Consultant  (Colombia - Spanish, English)
Irene's work has focused on the changes in households’ welfare levels (intragenerational mobility) and the development of their human capital (intergenerational transmission of risk factors).

Mateo Rojas: Research and Content Intern (Colombia - Spanish, English)
Mateo has experience as a researcher and writer for Congreso Visible en Colombia, Duke University in the USA, and the Canadian Embassy in Bogotá. 

Sara Ortíz: Research and Content Intern  (Colombia - Spanish, English, Italian)
Sara is an environmental activist. She has worked as a translator and social media content creator, and volunteer for the Italian NGO Emergency providing support to refugees.

To meet the rest of our team, visit this page.
* We are currently looking for a Graphic and Web Designer based in Mexico City. Applications close on September 23. Click below to read the full job description and to learn how to apply *
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"Domestic Violence in Mexico in Times of COVID-19"
Read Article (English Version)
Read Article (Spanish Version)
Key Resources
A Curated List of Links to Surveys, Articles and Podcasts
Podcast Making Data Simple: "Data analysis for pandemics" with Emmanuel Letouzé
Podcast The Economist - Babbage: "Fighting contagion with data" with Nuria Oliver
How can we strengthen the data literacy pipeline for the SDGs? (this blogpost discuss the outcomes from the EmpoderaData project, a collaboration with The University of Manchester)
Global COVID-19 Survey by the Harvard Humanitarian Iniatiative, available in 21 languages
Encuesta de impacto Covid-19 creada por la Doctora Nuria Oliver
Journal article - Mobile phone data and COVID-19: Missing an opportunity?
Journal article - MIT & UC3M: Effect of social distancing measures in the New York City metropolitan area

For more resources, click here.
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