Focus Areas

Building Resilience Against COVID-19 in Developing Countries

Helping low- and middle-income countries and communities respond to the crisis and build resilience

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens decades of progress in international development. The challenge for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), donors, and development partners is to respond to the present crisis and its secondary effects across all sectors, and to help government systems and communities become more resilient in the future.

RTI’s rigorous approach to program implementation allows us to quickly adapt when conditions and needs change—as is the case during the COVID-19 pandemic. We help countries and communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from a range of public health threats, including Ebola, Zika, and now COVID-19. Additionally, our researchers provide new data and insights into the COVID-19 pandemic and how the development community can respond, adapt, and build a brighter future.

How Health Systems Can Respond to Disruptions

Learning and Adapting During COVID-19 Series

Webinar 3: Can a Planetary Health Lens Inform the COVID-19 Response?

This monthly webinar series focuses on how the international development community is adapting to unique challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Check back or sign up to receive information for upcoming webinars.

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Related Projects

Explore some of the ways we’re helping countries and communities respond to the pandemic and its secondary effects.

USAID ReachHealth Project Expanded to Support the COVID-19 Emergency Response in the Philippines

With additional USAID funding, ReachHealth, implemented by RTI, will strengthen the capacity of 10-15 local government units across the Philippines to manage COVID-19 outbreaks.

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Philippine University Joins Local Response to COVID-19

To mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus in its home province of Ilocos, Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) is providing an alternative supply of alcohol disinfectants to the local community. 

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Rapid Response Helps Cambodian Students Learn at Home while Schools are Closed

Since closing schools due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the All Children Reading–Cambodia project has been working to ensure students are practicing reading and writing skills every day at home.

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USAID/Senegal Governance Activity Demonstrates Value of Multi-Sectoral Collaboration in Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 may dampen in-person interactions, but in Senegal, the GoLD Activity is demonstrating that effective collaboration is possible. 

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COVID-19 in Somalia: Leveraging Finance to help Somali Businesses in the Face of Crisis

The USAID Somalia Growth, Enterprise, Employment and Livelihoods (GEEL) project is working through local partners to increase domestic food production to feed local populations.

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Capabilities Highlights

Rapid and Flexible Response to Shocks: We partner with donors, government ministries, and local stakeholders to contain and mitigate the effects of shocks including disease outbreaks, weather events, and conflict.

Strengthening Systems to Build Resilience: We work with all levels of governments and a variety of stakeholders in LMICs to build strong systems that are better prepared to respond to threats by supporting planning and budgeting, improving service delivery, mobilizing national resources, and strengthening social accountability.

Data & Analytics: We bring together technical expertise in epidemiology, surveillance, mobile technology, social science, and data analytics to develop and adapt smarter programs and take them to scale. Our systems are designed for practical use in development settings and may be quickly tailored and repurposed.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, and Adapting (MERLA): Using monitoring, evaluation, and research to inform continuous learning and adapting during project implementation, including during shocks like COVID-19, requires significant changes in programming, which RTI is well experienced and prepared for. Read more.

Working Across Sectors

We are responding to the primary and secondary effects of COVID-19 in and across different sectors in the short, medium, and long term. Learn more about our expertise and experience in international development.

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