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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Read more Genesis news and insights on the COVID pandemic below.

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Genesis part of survey of 7200 SA household on impact of COVID-19

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) Centre for Respiratory Diseases and Meningitis (CRDM), together with research partners Perinatal HIV Research Unit (PHRU), Epicentre, and Genesis Analytics, are currently conducting a survey on Healthcare Utilisation and Seroprevalence of COVID-19 in South Africa, referred to as the HUTS survey.

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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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What can business expect in 2021? We look at the year ahead

The world remains in crisis and levels of trust in institutions are low. According to the global 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer people around the world now trust business more than government, the media or NGOs. Will business rise to that confidence in 2021?

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A Year of Unlocking Value in Evaluation for Development

The year 2020 has been an unprecedented one. COVID-19 fundamentally changed the trajectory for growth and development globally. As a team committed to unlocking value in Africa, the Evaluation for Development practice focused on keeping apace with these changes, and also anticipating them

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Genesis Analytics will look back on 2020 as a watershed year

It has changed the way we work. It has also changed how we see the world. Our teams in East, West and Southern Africa, as well as the UK, are working together seamlessly. Barriers between us and our clients and partners have fallen away. But, as our chair explains, the lessons of the COVID era for the future go well beyond remote working. A new era has dawned for advisory work, and for Genesis in particular.

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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.

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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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Measuring the prevalence of COVID in three SA areas

Genesis, in partnership with the NICD, PHRU and Epicentre, are excited to share the preliminary findings of the Healthcare UTilisation and Seroprevalence (HUTS) survey. The survey is currently running in the households of three South African communities (Maritzburg, Klerksdorp, and Mitchell's Plain). This report shows that 35.8% of survey participants had antibodies for COVID-19 as of 31 January 2021.

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Remote data collection in the time of COVID-19: Rwandan lessons

How can organisations collect meaningful and quality data virtually and understand the needs of program participants, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic? Read our work with The SEEP Network where we document learnings from recent virtual data collection in Rwanda, to counter limitations of the ongoing lockdowns and travel restrictions.

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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.

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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.

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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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