Informing the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in East and West Africa

Leah Rosenzweig

May 19, 2020, 14:00–15:00


Room Zoom Meeting


Governments in sub-Saharan Africa face tough choices in COVID-19 policy response. They have scarce resources but are under intense pressure to balance pandemic control with ensuring people have basic necessities -- while also staving off violence and political instability among distrustful publics. Until a vaccine is widely available, the primary way to combat COVID-19 is encouraging cooperation with non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs). Our research provides African governments with evidence on how to increase voluntary cooperation with NPIs. I will present preliminary results from ongoing data collection efforts designed to provide policy-relevant information for government decision makers in Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. Evidence from endorsement, list, and vignette experiments offer insights into citizen compliance with health policies, the gap between individual attitudes and perceptions of peers' behavior, and the dangers of COVID-related misinformation.


Leah Rosenzweig, Informing the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in East and West Africa, IAST Lunch Seminar, Toulouse: IAST, May 19, 2020, 14:00–15:00, room Zoom Meeting.