By Rema N. Hanna & Benjamin A. Olken

CID Core Faculty and EPoD Faculty Director Rema Hanna and J-PAL Director Benjamin Olken coauthored an op-ed on April 15, 2020 for Project Syndicate. In the article, they provide general guidelines to help resource-strained governments respond in crisis. Rema and Ben also recorded a corresponding podcast for VoxDev and CID discussing how best to protect the most vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expanding social protection to reach vulnerable people quickly must be a pillar of every country’s COVID-19 strategy. To achieve this, resource-constrained governments must look to past experience and existing research to design the most effective and efficient programs possible.