Civil society supports responses to the pandemic

Apr 8, 2021

Civil society supports responses to the pandemic


Context and Objective

During the COVID-19 pandemic, civil society has gradually become a main actor. Its collaboration with different governments of countries worldwide has been positive and its role is highlighted by providing reliable information, through quality data to avoid misinformation.

The Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21), highlighted the collaboration of civil society with governments in monitoring and responding to the pandemic in a regional session with the participation of Philipp Schönrock, Director of Cepei, and representatives of countries such as Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, who assured that “there must be a strengthening in the participation of civil society with a multilateral approach so that all countries work on the same aspect”.

“The world not only suffered from a pandemic but also from an infodemic due to the excess of information shared on a short period of time”, said Schönrock. This has made the production and monitoring of data even more evident to advance towards the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.


Highlights of the intervention

The production of data has allowed civil society to make decisions to respond to the pandemic. Collaborative initiatives have been a great example. Cepei worked in 2020 on two projects to face the social, economic and public health crisis:


COVID-19 Data & Innovation Centre: A platform created by Cepei, in partnership with the United Nations Multi-Trust Fund and the support of the Tableau Foundation, which aims to provide information, evidence, knowledge and innovation strategies to strengthen response and recovery actions of the countries of the Global South.

This initiative allows decision makers to find global, national and local information on the impacts of the pandemic when formulating recovery and response strategies through data visualizations, interactive dashboards and news of interest.


National measures against COVID-19 and its effect on the Sustainable Development Goals: A theoretical-analytical exercise carried out by a multidisciplinary group from Cepei and the Statistics Division of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) that assesses the type of relationship (direct, partial or indirect) and the possible effects (positive or negative) of the 45 measures associated with COVID-19 taken by the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean and the 169 goals of the 2030 Agenda.

This exercise is an input for future analysis and research and a tool for decision-makers to identify which goals may be affected in their pace and how national efforts can promote equity, resilience, sustainability and progress towards the future compliance with the Agenda.

The world not only suffered from a pandemic but also from an infodemic due to the excess of information that was produced during the pandemic”

Philipp Schönrock, Director Cepei


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