This compilation is brought to you by the Financing Facility for Remittances (FFR) of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
 
 
Issue 3 - 1 July 2020
 
The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on remittance families and markets:
Must-read articles and publications
 
With most countries facing the transition out of lockdown, challenges and circumstances vary from country to country and there is no one-size-fits-all approach.

The Remittance Community Task Force (RCTF) has been gathering expert considerations to keep remittances flowing in times of crisis. A number of relevant resources are summarized below. 

If you would like to contribute to the Brief, please share your suggestions via email to: remittancesTF19@ifad.org
 
 
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILY REMITTANCES
 
 
IDFR 2020 Highlights
 
In case you missed our last email, check out some of the highlights of this year's International Day of Family Remittances.
 
Taking action
 
We are building a list of best practices supporting remittance families build resilience in times of crisis. 
More info at: familyremittances@ifad.org 
 
REMITTANCE MARKET INSIGHTS
 
Remittances in Crisis: Response, Resilience, Recovery
By the Remittance Community Task Force
This Blueprint for Action is the result of the collaborative effort of the 38 members of the RCTF. It highlights measures to help spur the recovery and the resilience of 200 million migrants who send money home and their 800 million family members in low- and lowermiddle-income countries, who rely on remittances.
 
Covid-19 has squeezed migrants’ remittances to their families
By The Economist
Citing the RCTF's Blueprint for Action, this article explains the main challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential gains from digitisation.
Article
 
Covid-19 and remittances in Africa
By Joint Research Centre of the European Union 
This report contributes to understanding the potential economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic by focusing on its implications for migrant remittances in Africa.
Report
 
Lifelines in danger
By International Monetary Fund 
A reflection on how the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to dry up a vital source of income for poor and fragile countries.
 
COUNTRY NEWS
 
Pakistan: Timely efforts eased COVID-19 impacts on remittances
By The News
Secretary Finance Naveed Kamran Baloch on the Pakistani government's action to address the impact of COVID-19 on remittances.
Article
 
Ghana Launches World’s First Digital Finance Policy Amid COVID-19
By CGAP
While the policy has been years in the making, the government hopes the policy will support various measures it is taking to leverage DFS in its COVID-19 response.
Blog
 
Bangladesh is facing a major remittance loss due to Covid-19
By The Print
Article  

Remittances to Yemen plummet as needs surge amid war and coronavirus

By Oxfam
Press Release 

Understanding Remittances Behaviour in Chad Amid COVID-19: IOM Launches First Study on Remittances
By IOM
Article
 
Nepal: CMRI Weekly Newsletter 
By Center for Migration and International Relations 
 
REMITTANCE FAMILIES
 
Migrant women & remittances: Exploring the data from selected countries
By UN Women
Very little is known about the comparative value of the remittances sent by migrant women and men. This policy brief is unique in its analysis of data from 11 national household surveys, which contain information on remittances received by households and on the senders. 
Publication
 
The virus sent millions of European workers home, some forever
By Bloomberg
Article 
 
 
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