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From the end of austerity policies to the worrying rise of compulsory digitalization, Harvard Kennedy School faculty see a world changed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Economist and Harvard Kennedy School Professor Carmen Reinhart say the global economy will never be the same after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Among the countries that have seen early successes in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, female leaders stand out, writes Kennedy School Lecturer Zoe Marks in a Washington Post op-ed. Germany under Angela Merkel boasts one of the lowest fatality rates in the world and is gradually reopening. Women-led Switzerland and Norway have both launched relief funds to support poorer countries’ recovery. And what do success stories such as Denmark, Finland and Iceland have in common with Hong Kong and Taiwan, halfway around the world? They’re all run by women.

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Harvard Kennedy School Professor Cornell William Brooks says America’s legacy of racial discrimination means communities of color are being hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic on everything from health to economics to political disenfranchisement.

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When it comes to crafting foreign policy, designing anti-poverty programs or implementing measures to combat climate change, economists have an understandable tendency to feel as though the economic aspects of the debate receive short shrift. The opposite is true when it comes to the pandemic. If anything, the United States is in danger of overemphasizing the impact of the crisis on the economy—and massively underinvesting in the health measures that are ultimately most important.

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Latin American scholars, former presidents, and officials, look at how COVID-19 affects the economic landscape in the region. Professor Ricardo Hausmann, director of the Growth Lab at the Center for International Development, and Juan Manuel Santos MC/MPA 1981, who served as president of Colombia, weigh in.

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Resources related to science, technology, and international security — Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The Belfer Center has curated pieces of content in its research areas that relate to the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus research guide for social scientists HKS Library and Knowledge Services

This guide provides access to a curated list of resources for social science academic researchers and public policy practitioners researching the COVID-19 pandemic.

International COVID-19 employment responses  Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy

There remains some level of uncertainty and debate about how to best support workers and employers through this unique crisis. This collection of different policies from across the globe demonstrates the wide range of responses adopted, often at unprecedented speed.

Public sector resources — Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

A resource for public sector practitioners to highlight cases, teaching, policy solutions, and other examples of how governments are responding to the outbreak.

Resources for mayors and city officials — Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, which provides training to city leaders, has collected resources on emergency preparedness and response.

COVID-19 response and resource page — Center for International Development

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the lives of people around the world, but those in developing countries are likely to suffer the most in the face of this global crisis. The Center for International Development sees this as a call to action.

Resources for city leaders — Data-Smart City Solutions project

The COVID-19 pandemic presents challenges for cities, including food insecurity, lack of childcare options for medical professionals and first responders, and strains on the safety net. Data-Smart City Solutions has collected resources for city leaders looking for best practices during this crisis.

Community volunteer opportunities — compiled by the Center for Public Leadership

If you'd like to get involved in relief efforts in the Boston area, in the United States, and around the world, our volunteer resource page is a good place to start.

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COVID-19 and the HKS alumni community — resources for alumni

Read about HKS alumni taking action and learn how alumni can engage with each other and with the Kennedy School during this crisis.

A guide to European elections amid pandemic — Belfer Center’s Project on Europe

Several European countries are slated to hold elections over the next few months, even as they confront the COVID-19 pandemic. The Belfer Center is monitoring the status of these elections and providing updates on how the crisis is affecting the democratic process.

Digital resources for COVID — Belfer Center's Technology and Public Purpose project

Data are crucial to understanding the spread of COVID-19 and are an invaluable tool for public leaders. The Belfer Center has collected digital resources for data and tracking to help with crisis response.

COVID-19 resource toolbox — The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development

As the country responds to the coronavirus pandemic, the task before tribal nations is complicated by many unknowns. The Harvard Project has pulled together resources that demonstrate ways to build governance capacity, illustrate best practices by tribes, provide trusted information about the virus itself, and supply tribal health ordinances intended to meet your immediate needs.

Housing resources — Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies

Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies has put together a list of critical resources for those who seek assistance with housing security, safety measures, and other issues related to COVID-19.

The inequality of telework: 5 studies you should know about — Journalist’s Resource

Telecommuting has allowed many organizations to continue operating during the pandemic, but only certain subsets of the workforce have the benefit of remote work.

Tips for journalists covering biomedical research preprints — Journalist’s Resource

Preprints, or research papers that have not been peer-reviewed or published, can be a valuable source of information for journalists. Journalist’s Resource has put together information on how to evaluate and write about preprints.


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