COVID-19 &


A collaboration of the Duke Center for International Development and Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy


The impact of COVID-19 will disproportionate fall on the poor and marginalized. Many communities in developing countries are likely to be devastated as the health and economic impacts of the virus exacerbate existing conditions associated with low average income, food insecurity, high debt, inadequate access to healthcare, lack of clean water and sanitation, and poor existing infrastructure. Those fleeing violence, living in refugee camps, or seeking asylum are also particularly vulnerable and migrants face increased suspicion and fear from native populations.

In this virtual series, we will interview leading experts at organizations focusing on conditions in developing countries to better understand the impact of, and response to, COVID-19 in these states. The focus will be on understanding the challenges and discussing policy options to respond. While focused on the situation in developing countries, conversations may also highlight areas where this overlaps with or is affected by the policy response in wealthier states. Events will include a chance for audience questions and recordings will be available afterward.

With Abby Maxman, President and CEO of Oxfam America.


With Andrew Selee, President of Migration Policy Institute


With George Biddle, Chair of World Connect


With Johan Swinnen, Director General of IFPRI


Series and site produced by Sarah Bermeo (DCID), Tiffany Goetzinger (DCID), and Mary Lindsley (Sanford School), with support from co-sponsoring organizations and staff