We are living in an unprecedented time of uncertainty, but decisions made now will have a tremendous impact on the social and economic wellbeing of society as the COVID pandemic evolves. While it is important to understand the limitations of available information on the crisis, smart data products can help to make rapid decisions on the best available evidence. Genesis has developed two data intelligence tools related to the COVID crisis which help decision makers, and anyone else who is interested, to understand how the crisis is unfolding and where actions may be required.

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Is Africa Flattening the Curve provides an interactive dashboard reporting on the spread of the virus, its fatality rate, and the response in testing across all African countries that have 100 cumulative cases or more. Compare the rate of spread of the virus across multiple countries, including your own selection of international benchmarks, or dive deeper into the spread of the virus at a provincial level in South Africa.

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The Healthcare Risk Calculator provides a quick tool for estimating the strain on the healthcare system by forecasting the amount of ICU beds that will be required over the next two weeks. Input your own data to see how your district, region or country's healthcare risk profile will likely evolve over the next two weeks. This is a useful tool to support decisions about healthcare resources and lockdown levels.

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How to keep your employees engaged using Behavioural Economics

Businesses around the world are facing uncertainty and numerous factors out of their control - or at least think are out of their control. Whether employees are back in the office or still working from home, their engagement with their work during these trying times could be better.

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What we have learned about pricing payments during COVID-19

Much has been written about the accelerated adoption of digital payments during the COVID-19 crisis. Sometimes the data has been muddy. A rising share of digital payments in a shrinking market may still result in a fall in volumes.

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South Africa is not experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 (yet)

We can prevent a second wave by continuing to communicate the importance of mask-use and physical distancing, and by implementing an aggressive test and trace programme, especially in areas which seem to have spikes of COVID-19 infections.

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COVID-19 Cases Are Rising: Why aren't we sticking to the rules?

South Africa reported the highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases in over a month on 10 October 2020. Two Behavioural Economics concepts help explain why South Africans are increasingly ignoring social distancing rules.

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Glass half full or half empty: How Do Stories Affect Economic Value?

The global economic lockdown has made sticking to a well-diversified portfolio difficult: while we watch our efficiently allocated portfolios take a hit, our risk-seeking peers take concentrated positions in video-conferencing stocks and watch their wealth soar.

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COVID-19 pandemic: Is hoarding really as irrational as it's made out to be?

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everyday life as we know it. The panic that set in among shoppers all over the world was a clear marker of just how uncertain and fearful people were becoming about their future.

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Why should we still care about M&E during COVID-19?

The world is going through unprecedented change and to be adaptive during this time is extremely important. Now, more than ever, there is a need to be able to understand how people are being affected by the crisis and how this affects development interventions, both from an implementation perspective and an outcome/impact perspective so that programmes can pivot as necessary to better meet the needs of the beneficiaries and achieve the desired objectives.

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Responsible data collection is essential in times of crisis

The principle of “first, do no harm” is one of the promises taken by doctors as part of the Hippocratic Oath. In the time of COVID-19, this principle, now more than ever, should also guide how we as M&E practitioners approach data collection.

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Survival Advice for Africa’s Fintechs and MFIs from turnaround expert

The COVID19 crisis is an unprecedented challenge for businesses in the financial sector. In order to help our clients weather the storm, Genesis has partnered with Brad Magrath, a turnaround expert, to bring you in this guest column practical strategies for successfully managing your way through this difficult time.

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Finding ways to protect vulnerable societies

The COVID-19 pandemic has a disproportionately negative effect on already disadvantaged and marginalised populations. As you continue to implement and adapt your work to respond to COVID-19, the need to monitor and evaluate developmental efforts is greater than ever. Relevant and timely evidence is required to inform programme implementation.

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We must prioritise young people in our responses to COVID-19 pandemic

While young people are widely considered to be less vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19, it would be a mistake to forget about them in our responses to the global pandemic - especially in Africa. The pandemic requires policymakers, donors, and the private sector to develop solutions that improve the resilience of Africa’s youth in these uncertain times. The Genesis Analytics Youth team looks at how we can prioritise young people in our responses to COVID-19.

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New Crisis, Old Tools - Scenario Planning in Financial Services

At times of extreme crisis and unpredictability, bank leaders do well to rely on trusted tools such as scenario planning. Scenario planning has an advantage over other “tools” as it allows leaders to think forward through different scenarios, establish indicators to determine when circumstances are moving from one scenario to another, and to plan accordingly. At Genesis we have been leveraging our combined expertise to work with clients to implement scenario planning processes during the COVID-19 crisis.

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South to South Learning Network: A case study from Kenya

Strategic insights on the role of the National AIDS Commissions in the COVID-19 response: A case study from Kenya. Genesis is the implementing partner for the network.


South to South Learning Network: A case study from Iran

Adapting HIV Prevention Programs to ensure continuity of services for key populations in the time of COVID-19: A case study from the Islamic Republic of Iran. Genesis is the implementing partner for the network.


What lessons are there for COVID-19 from the HIV pandemic

There is no vaccine available for either and there are no licensed pharmaceuticals for COVID-19, just as there was not for HIV in the early years. Population behaviour will determine the pandemic trajectory of COVID-19, just as it did for HIV. Health partner Saul Johnson was a co-author of “Three lessons for the COVID-19 response from pandemic HIV” in the April 13 2020 edition of the Lancet.



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