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What we knew then, what we know now: Looking back on COVID-19 in 5 Charts

Looking back on 2020 through the lens of #GraphForThought, it is evident how quickly both the development concerns in the region shifted as well as the data available to understand them. In LAC, we…  


30 Years of Human Development in LAC in 5 Graphs

The 1990 HDR was the first major milestone in moving empirically in this direction with its creation of the Human Development Index (HDI). The HDI was an effort to move beyond income to also consider…  


Stand by me: COVID-19 and the Resilience of Remittance Flows to LAC

While the remittances in LAC have shown remarkable resilience in 2020, it is unclear that this will remain the case until 2021. As countries continue to make progress in the fight against COVID-19, it…  


Is being middle income a precondition? The “syndemic” of chronic disease, social inequality, and COVID-19 in LAC

This #GraphForThought zooms into the LAC region to see how key NCDs and NCD risk factors have been changing in recent decades—setting the stage for potentially elevated COVID-19 risk.  


No safer place than home?: The increase in domestic and gender-based violence during COVID-19 lockdowns in LAC

In order to gather a regional picture on how gender-based and domestic violence trends may be changing in LAC countries in the wake of the pandemic, this #GraphForThought collated monthly 2019 and…  


Where the pandemic meets the infodemic: The challenge of misinformation in the fight against COVID-19 in LAC

This #GraphForThought explores the spread of false COVID-19 information in LAC and reflects on how it may interact with the region’s existing structural deficits in trust in institutions.  


Home Alone: Sustaining compliance with prolonged COVID-19 stay-at-home regulations in LAC

Many governments (national and local) acted swiftly and implemented stringent lockdown measures, hoping to curb the spread. We will never know what would have happened in the absence of such measures,…  


Inclusion requires capacity: The role of social registries in expanding cash transfers in the wake of COVID-19

In order to gather an up-to-date understanding of the coverage of social registry systems in the region, this #GraphForThought compiled the latest data for several countries in the region on the…  


No culpes a la playa: Tourism and the LAC economies during the pandemic

For Caribbean countries, which rely strongly on tourism, the economic consequences of these measures are proving to be extremely severe, and the outlook for recovery dire.  


Sour Grapes: Discouraged workers and Labor Markets in the Context of the COVID-19 crisis

Data from Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru show an unprecedented drop in the number of employed individuals along with a large increase in the number of people exiting the labor force. At the same…  


A greater tragedy than we know: Excess mortality rates suggest that COVID-19 death toll is vastly underestimated in LAC

In order to effectively combat COVID-19, it is critical that we know the true extent of the challenge that we are facing. The difficult and urgent policy decisions that governments are making are…  


Working in Times of Pandemic: Only one in five workers in LAC can actually work from home

On average in LAC countries, only 20% of jobs can be done from home—deepening concerns of macro and micro level economic resilience during COVID-19.  

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