This Week's Top Stories
June 5, 2020
Throughout the spring and summer, we're continuing to bring together Harvard faculty and in-region experts for our COVID-19 webinar series to discuss issues that have arisen in South Asia amid the pandemic. If you’ve missed any of the events so far, you can now listen to them as podcasts!
We spoke with two panelists from our first COVID-19 webinar, Richard Cash and Srinath Reddy , to answer some of your lingering questions about COVID-19 in South Asiadelving deeper into the impact of public messaging and the lockdown.
As the end of lockdown approaches in India, what do we need to know to move forward? In a LiveMint article, Satchit Balsari and Manoj Mohanan explore the type of data needed to understand what worked and what didn't during lockdown, and what is needed now.
Upcoming Events
TODAY, June 5, 9:00–10:30 AM EST
Enterprises have found themselves caught in the COVID-19 maelstrom across South Asia. This webinar will explore the extent to which entrepreneurs have been able to work with both the state and civil society to limit the damage and distress caused by the pandemic, and to begin exploring new opportunities that a possible “global reset” has opened up to the developing world. 
Tuesday, June 9, 12:30–2:00 PM EST
COVID-19 has created a major and lasting impact on the global economy. Join experts on five of the world’s major economies—the U.S., Brazil, Russia, India, and China—as they discuss the uneven economic shock of this global pandemic, as well as how these economies might recover in the coming years. This is a co-sponsored event.
Wednesday, June 10, 8:30–9:45 AM EST
Through the lens of a contemporary case study, panelists will explore the geopolitics of how vaccines are developed, the funding and distribution methods that are critical to the effort, and the global alliances that facilitate this in the world today. 
Friday, June 12, 9:00–10:30 AM EST
Major fashion retailers in the Global North are closing their stores and laying off workers, leaving thousands of workers in Bangladesh out of work. This webinar will explore the crisis currently facing the apparel industry in Bangladesh due to the COVID-19 pandemic.