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Survey: China’s Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Rebounded After the COVID-19 Lockdown, But Economic Problems Linger

To understand the impact of the lockdown on China’s SMEs and the extent of their recovery, the Enterprise Survey for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in China project team conducted two rounds of telephone interviews in February and May 2020. The survey probed SMEs’ work resumption and production situation, the main difficulties they faced, their efforts to adapt, demands for appropriate assistance policies, and the reach of lockdown-related business assistance programs.

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We Must Stop Flying Blind: Building on Existing Systems In Low- and Middle-Income Countries To Improve the COVID-19 Response

COVID- 19 has brought a sense of urgency to decision-making that typically would have taken many months and years of deliberation. Central to this uncertainty is the glaring lack of knowledge on just how big the burden of COVID-19 truly is. The pandemic has highlighted concerning gaps in data and weaknesses in surveillance systems that have long hampered public health systems globally, especially in low- and middle- income countries (LMIC).

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Improving Venezuelans’ Economic Inclusion in Colombia Could Contribute $1 Billion Every Year

Over the past few years, the political and economic crisis in Venezuela has forced nearly 1.8 million Venezuelans to flee to Colombia. The Colombian government has responded warmly, taking steps to integrate Venezuelans into its society and economy. But legal and practical barriers still prevent many Venezuelans from achieving true economic inclusion, the attainment of decent work and income commensurate with their skills.