As many as 1.5 billion children have lost precious weeks and months of educational progress. Millions of particularly vulnerable children – migrants and refugees, the poor, those affected by violence and exploitation – are being exposed to even higher levels of risk during the pandemic. According to the UN's policy brief on COVID-19 and children, "There are three main ways children are affected by this crisis: infection with the virus itself; immediate socioeconomic impacts of measures to stop transmission of the virus; and longer-term effects of delayed implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals."
UNICEF Innocenti is mobilizing a rapid research response in line with UNICEF’s global response to provide the evidence needed to scale up rapid assessment, develop urgent mitigating strategies in programming and advocacy, and to prepare interventions to respond to the medium and longer-term consequences of the COVID-19 crisis.
SHORT TERM PROJECTS
LONG TERM PROJECTS
COVID-19: How prepared are global education systems for future crises?
COVID-19: A reason to double down on investments in pre-primary education
COVID-19: How are Countries Preparing to Mitigate the Learning Loss as Schools Reopen? Trends and emerging good practices to support the most vulnerable children
Childcare in a Global Crisis: The Impact of COVID-19 on work and family life
Impacts of Pandemics and Epidemics on Child Protection: Lessons learned from a rapid review in the context of COVID-19
COVID-19 may pose greater risk to children than originally thought
Digital Connectivity During COVID-19: Access to vital information for every child
Ethical Issues: Digital contact tracing and surveillance during COVID-19
Protecting children from harm during COVID-19 needs evidence
How sport can help keep children engaged during COVID-19: Innovations by South African S4D organizations
Are we at risk of making the same errors we made at the beginning of the HIV and AIDS pandemic?
Spain’s Basic Income Response to COVID-19
Digging deeper with data: Child labour and learning
In order to speed research and knowledge outputs and commentary into the public sphere the Evidence For Action blogs of UNICEF Connect and UNICEF Innocenti Think Pieces will be published on a continual basis. Both UNICEF Innocenti experts and leading external researchers and writers will frequently publish on these fora. The aim is to feed research commentary into global pandemic discussion and planning efforts for children.
Webinar: Children Online During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Webinar: Violence in the home before, during and after COVID-19
Webinar: Support for Families during COVID-19
Webinar: Remote Learning & Beyond #COVID19
Webinar: Hand Hygiene for every child during and after COVID-19
Webinar: COVID-19 and economic impact on children
Webinar: COVID-19 and Child Health
A wide variety of research - rapid reviews, preprint papers, expert commentary and peer reviewed reports - is being released on a daily basis in an effort to rapidly build knowledge and evidence about how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. UNICEF Innocenti will continually update this space with a selection of the best and latest contributions that are relevant to COVID-19's impact on children. Research writings presented here may not be endorsed by UNICEF.
Determining the optimal strategy for reopening schools, the impact of test and trace interventions
Child malnutrition and COVID-19: the time to act is now
Pressures and influences on school leaders as policy makers during COVID-19