The COVID-19 pandemic has an immense impact on people’s life and on the economic and social structures of our societies. From early in the crisis, ADE has concentrated on how to contribute to better understand these impacts and find ways to deal with them. This encompasses work directly geared towards understanding the broader economic and societal impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, for instance through the evaluation of the implications of the COVID-19 crisis in seven countries in the Sahel. In a cross-cutting manner the impact of the COVID-19 crisis is today an integral part of most of ADE’s studies and support.

More indirectly, the crisis itself has impacted the way in which we do our work. From the start of the crisis, we have developed specific methodologies and tools to ensure we could work remotely and always ensure health of our collaborators and counterparts, and continuity of support.

ADE contributes to COVID-19 prevention and recovery through:

  • Adapting internal processes to the new situation to ensure that in-house staff, as well as external experts are safe
  • Using remote evaluation tools and innovative online data collection in projects to address the direct impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and respond to clients’ needs
  • Contributing to the evaluation community by rethinking modalities with remote platforms and promoting collaboration with national experts
  • When travel is necessary, ADE makes sure to respect all sanitary measures

Project examples

  • EU – Fast-track Assessment of the EU’s Initial Response to COVID-19 crisis in Partner Countries and Regions (ongoing)
  • UNDP – Western Sahel evaluation on the Socio-economic Impacts and Implications of the COVID-19 Crisis in seven countries (Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Chad, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and Niger) (ongoing)
  • UNDP – Impact Covid-19 – UNDP Accelerator Lab Togo. The study focuses on food security, the economic impact on SMEs, and the informal sector, considering a gender-sensitive approach (ongoing)
  • UNDP – Analysis of and Recommendations to UNDP on the Socio-economic Impacts and Implications of the COVID-19 Crisis on Equatorial Guinea (2020)