The global impact of the COVD-19 pandemic has been unprecedented – it has changed all our lives drastically within a short period of time. Since the discovery of COVID-19 on 31 December 2019, more than fifteen million people have been infected,[1] 637,221 deaths have been recorded, nearly half of the global workforce are at risk of losing livelihoods[2] and social, behavioural and religious norms have changed overnight. By the time this report is read, the odds are these numbers have already risen considerably. Governments and industry leaders throughout the world have been forced to combat the exponential growth of the disease through strategies and initiatives which have required funding, expertise and resources, in many cases well beyond their means.

Despite the magnitude of the challenge, a number of governments have implemented strategies that have enabled their countries to recover significantly faster than others. These governments have demonstrated exemplary leadership in decision-making, communication and coordination. Data from the GCI Recovery Rating[3] identifies those countries which have been better able to manage the impact of the virus through the successful implementation of these effective practices.

Given the importance of acting fast during this challenging time, the GPF initiative has pulled together these successful practices from around the world in order to provide countries with information on which to base solutions to the huge challenges they face. The GPF initiative taps a wealth of impactful interventions in countries that are now on the path to health recovery. The sharing of helpful practices quickly will enable countries to make critical decisions in the fight against COVID-19. Lessons learnt will facilitate cross-regional fast learning and serve to increase the chances of effective delivery in specific contexts. It will also help countries avoid approaches that others have applied and found unsuccessful. Whilst the adoption of interventions will necessarily differ between countries, these lessons learnt will be valuable as governments consider their paths forward.

The story of this pandemic – and governments’ responses to it – is a fast-moving one. What you see here represents our best learning to date, with data accurate as of 17 May 2020. Given the rapidly changing dynamics, we hope to keep this information updated as this work continues.

[1] Our World in Data, 24 July 2020

[2] COVID-19: Stimulating the economy and employment, International Labour Organization (ILO), 29 April 2020

[3] Global COVID-19 Index (GCI)

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