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International Development Research @ Cambridge


In the last 18+ months, Cambridge Global Challenges, Cambridge Public Health IRC, Cambridge-Africa and the Research Operations Office GCRF Team convened the cross-School group responding to COVID-19-related needs in the Global South. 43 interdisciplinary projects in Africa, South and Southeast Asia and Latin America were supported – and some some examples are shared here. The symposium will celebrate and showacas the success and impact of this work

Pauline Rose (Cambridge Global Challenges) – Welcome & introductions

2.10-2.30: Tabitha Mwangi (Cambridge-Africa) – Overview of Cambridge COVID research in collaboration with the Global South

2.30-3.10: Flash talks, chaired by Alan Blackwell (Cambridge Global Challenges)

  • 2.30-2.40: Sharath Srivinasan (POLIS) and Luke Church (Department of Computer Science and Technology) – Responding to COVID-19 in Somalia: interactive mass media, 1-to-1 messaging and rapid insights from citizen feedback
  • 2.40-2.50: Stephanie Diepeveen (POLIS) – Demystifying the COVID-19 infodemic: A comparative study of COVID-19 conspiracies from Africa
  • 2.50-3.00: Louise Yorke (Education) – The effects of COVID-19 on education in Ethiopia: Informing short- and medium-term policy responses
  • 3.00-3.10: Rosalind Parkes-Ratanshi (Public Health) – Use of an mHealth Interactive Voice Response tool to support COVID response in Uganda

3.10-3.40: Discussion

3.40-3.50: Hilary Perrott (Strategic Partnership Office) – Reflections from the Strategic Partnership Office

3.50-4.00: Caroline Trotter (Cambridge-Africa and Cambridge Public Health) – Summary and What Next?

4.00: Coffee & Tea


Please register here (online and in-person).


Event details:
This event is being planned to take place both in-person and online, circumstances permitting. If we need to cancel the in-person option due to COVID-19, the event will go ahead online only. We will contact participants in advance of the seminar if changes are needed.
Participants will receive an email with the event details in the days leading up to the seminar. Please only come to the faculty if you have an in-person ticket. Participants with an in-person ticket will also be sent the Zoom details, in case they need to switch to joining online for any reason.


The address (for in-person ticket holders only) is Homerton College, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PH. The event is in the Mary Allan Building (MAB) Auditorium. The event will be signposted on arrival.

COVID-19 guidance:
Those planning to attend in person are requested to follow the following guidance:

  • Do not attend if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms
  • Take a lateral flow test on the morning of the seminar
  • Wear a mask during the seminar


If you have any questions, please email

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