COVID-19 Response in the Context of the Kamwenge Graduation Study in Uganda

COVID-19 Response in the Context of the Kamwenge Graduation Study in Uganda

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Lasse Brune, Nathanael Goldberg, Dean Karlan, Doug Parkerson, Chris Udry


Economic coping with COVID-19 shutdown measures directly influence households’ ability to comply with public health policies such as social distancing, which may be especially challenging in a refugee setting. Researchers will collect phone survey data from participants of a USAID-funded Graduation study with refugees and neighboring communities of the Kamwenge refugee settlement in Western Uganda. The on-going study tests how Graduation-style interventions can help participants in a post-conflict setting of a refugee settlement improve food and nutrition security and self-reliance. The additional data in the context of COVID-19 will allow us to document to what extent the interventions help participants cope with extreme economy-wide shocks. We will also partner with local organizations to include survey questions that will be used directly to inform their local policy response to the pandemic.

Funding for this project was provided by the UK Department for International Development.

Project Outcomes of Interest

Access to markets; market prices; availability of key commodities such as staple goods; economic activity


AVSI Foundation, USAID

Impact Goals

  • Build resilience and protect the financial health of families and individuals
  • Build resilient and adaptable businesses and employment opportunities
  • Improve social-safety net responses
  • Improve women’s health, safety, and economic empowerment
  • Promote peace and safety, and improve humanitarian response

Project Data Collection Mode

  • CATI (Computer-assisted telephone interviewing)

Link to Pre-Registration

Results Status

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