JDC Webinar – Answering the Call: Forcibly Displaced During the Pandemic


The Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement (JDC) recently published a working paper, called Answering the Call: Forcibly Displaced During the Pandemic, the second issue as part of the JDC Working Paper Series on the welfare of those forcibly displaced. This paper first takes stock of the experience of forcibly displaced and their hosts during the COVID-19 pandemic in several countries around the globe. It then summarizes projections of the expected socioeconomic impact of the pandemic on those affected by forced displacement, using data from simulations and scenarios developed by other researchers in a few selected countries. It focuses on the results from high frequency phone surveys – based on more than 90,000 interviews – covering eight country-level data collection exercises in Bangladesh, Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Iraq, Kenya, Uganda, and Yemen.

During this webinar we invited two of the authors of the paper – Harriet Mugera and Domenico Tabasso – to present the findings from the paper, followed by a discussion with Thomas Ginn, research fellow at the Center for Global Development, and a Q&A session. Jeffery Tanner moderated the webinar.

Resources from the webinar


Harriet Mugera – Senior Data Scientist, JDC

Harriet joined the World Bank in 2015 as an Economist with the Development Data Group and was the focal person on migration and forced displacement-data related issues. As a member of the Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) team, Harriet has expertise in survey instrument development, field operations, data quality control and analysis of household and survey data. She was also among the World Bank experts who contributed to the drafting of the International Recommendations on Refugee Statistics (IRRS) and the Manual on Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, working closely with UNHCR, International Organization for Migration (IOM), among other stakeholders. Full bio here.

Domenico Tabasso– Senior Economist, JDC

Domenico Tabasso is a Senior Economist at the Joint Data Center. Previously, he worked in the Policy Evaluation Unit of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Research Department, where he analyzed the effects of labor market policies in emerging and developing countries. In the past, Domenico has held academic positions at the universities of Essex, Geneva, and Melbourne, publishing several policy reports and academic articles. Full bio here.


Thomas Ginn – Research Fellow, CGD

Thomas Ginn is a research fellow at the Center for Global Development, where he studies migration and displacement. His current research focuses on aid for refugees in lower-income countries, including projects on labor market access, housing, and host community attitudes. Prior to joining CGD, Thomas worked with the World Bank on a survey of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraqi Kurdistan and with Innovations for Poverty Action in Kenya. Full bio here.


Jeffery Tanner – Senior Economist, JDC

Jeff Tanner is a Senior Economist with the Center. Prior to this role, he served as the lead for results and evaluation for the Global Financing Facility. He was also the lead for impact evaluation activities at the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group. Jeff was the lead economist for the US Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) work in Honduras, Guatemala, Burkina Faso and Georgia, and led the MCC’s work on the Partnership for Growth Initiative in El Salvador. Full bio here.