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COVID-19 in South Asia

LSE South Asia Centre's COVID-19 Resource Centre

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March this year, the LSE South Asia Centre has led the School's response to understanding how the novel virus is affecting the region. With a series of public webinars and blog posts, the Centre has provided content as the impact of the spread of the virus has changed, to those interested in understanding the challenges confronting the individual countries, and the region. Our events have focused on responses from central and state governments unique to several countries in South Asia that function through a federal political structure, economic and infrastructural challenges, public health and citizens' response, etc.


South Asia: The Public Health Response to Covid-19

Thursday, 2 July 2020

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Panelists: Dr Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury was formerly Vice Chair of BRAC, Dhaka, and is an alumnus of LSE Professor; K Srinath Reddy is President Public Health Foundation of India; Dr Faisal Sultan (@CEOSKMCH) is CEO, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, Lahore; Dr Mishal S Khan (@DrMishalK) is Associate Professor in Health Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Chair: Dr Nilanjan Sarkar is Deputy Director, South Asia Centre.


Covid-19 in South Asia: A Comparative Perspective 

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

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PanelistsYamini Aiyar (@AiyarYamini) is President & Chief Executive of the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi; Tshering Cigay Dorji (@TsheringCDorji) is CEO, Thimphu Techpark Ltd., Thimphu; David Mathieson is an independent analyst of Myanmar, in Chiang Mai; Asif Saleh (@asifsaleh) is Executive Director, BRAC, Dhaka; Haroon Sharif (@SharifHaroon) was Minister of State & Chairman of the Board of Investment, Government of Pakistan (2018-19), Islamabad; Madhusudan Subedi (@Madhusudan1964) is Professor, Patan Academy of Social Sciences, Patan/Lalitpur; Namini Wijedasa (@TimesOnlineLK) is Deputy Editor (Investigations), The Sunday Times, Colombo.

Chair: Mukulika Banerjee (@MukulikaB) is Director, South Asia Centre, and Associate Professor in Anthropology, LSE.


Living with Lockdowns: early lessons from India's COVID-19 response

Thursday, 14 May 2020

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PanelistsYamini Aiyar (@AiyarYamini) is President & Chief Executive of the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi; Kaushik Basu (@kaushikcbasu) is C. Marks Professor of International Studies and Professor of Economics, Cornell University; Ashwini Deshpande (@AshwDeshpande) is Professor of Economics, Ashoka University; Maitreesh Ghatak (@maitreesh) is Professor of Economics, LSE; Debraj Ray is Professor of Economics, NYU. 

Chair: Erik Berglof (@ErikBerglof) is Director of IGA

This event was hosted by the Institute of Global Affairs, the School of Public Policy and Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).


COVID-19 in South Asia: Bangladesh, India and Pakistan

Monday, 22 June 2020

Screenshot 2020-06-25 at 11.01.49Panelists: Tania Aidrus (@taidrus) is Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Digital Pakistan; Yamini Aiyar (@AiyarYamini) is President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi; Jishnu Das is Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy and the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; Mushfiq Mobarak (@mushfiq_econ) is Professor of Economics, Yale University.

Chair: Adnan Khan is Professor in Practice, School of Public Policy, LSE.

This event was in collaboration with LSE School of Public PolicyInstitute of Global Affairs and International Growth Centre. 

This event was part of LSE's public event series - COVID-19: The Policy Response.




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The Centre's COVID-19 in South Asia blog series brings expert knowledge and evidence-based research together, exploring how the spread of the virus is impacting countries across the region.

Read all COVID-19 in SOUTH ASIA blog posts here

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