A Pathways Approach to Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Rural Households

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December 16, 2020

In April 2020, we launched a COVID-19 Emergency Briefing Series with ISF Advisors to anticipate the potential impacts of COVID-19 on different types of rural households, and the cascading effects that could follow on markets, food security, and national security. This new learning brief examines the actual impacts of COVID-19 on rural households in Kenya using real stories and data collected from the field from mid-March through August 2020.

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As with the COVID-19 Emergency Briefing series, this learning brief builds on the Pathways to Prosperity report by applying a pathways lens to better understand how the crisis is impacting different types of rural households that are pursuing diverse livelihood strategies and have varying levels of resilience to cope with shocks. 

How COVID-19 affects rural households
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RAF Learning Lab

Applying a pathways lens to this research is important because it allows us to gain a more nuanced view of how the crisis is affecting households in different pathways, leading to the design of tailored and pathway-specific interventions instead of taking a one-size-fits-all approach. 

Top coping mechanisms by pathway
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RAF Learning Lab

We conclude this brief with specific recommendations for funders, service providers, and policy makers to enable them to understand and address both the short- and long-term consequences of the pandemic in rural areas

This research was funded by RAF LL and Shell Foundation with support from FCDO and implemented in partnership with Dalberg Advisors, Dalberg Design and Dalberg Research. 

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COVID-19 Learning Brief: Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Rural Households

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