How Firms Are Responding And Adapting During COVID-19 And Recovery

March 7, 2021

The COVID-19 crisis has disproportionately affected the most vulnerable firms and individuals in emerging markets, especially women and low-income populations. These groups faced significant challenges to growth and prosperity before the pandemic, and COVID-19 has only exacerbated their plights, resulting in even wider global inequities, including a further increase in global financial and digital divides.

The private sector has already begun to respond to the crisis—in sectors such as digital infrastructure, trade, power, and tourism, and with methods that cut across sectors, such as inclusive business models, disruptive technologies, social bonds, and private equity. This proves that businesses can play a vital role in amplifying the public and humanitarian response to the crisis, while supporting recovery and driving strategic growth going forward, and setting the stage for “building back better” post crisis.

This report highlights opportunities for businesses in emerging markets to respond.


  • Leveraging Inclusive Businesses Models to Support the Base of the Pyramid
    during COVID-19
  • Impacts of COVID-19 on the Private Sector in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations
  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Disruptive Technology Adoption in Emerging Markets
  • Social Bonds Can Help Mitigate the Economic and Social Effects of the COVID-19 Crisis
  • Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis on Private Equity Funds in Emerging Markets
  • Summary of PE Trends Across Regions
  • What COVID-19 Means for Digital Infrastructure in Emerging Markets
  • Lessons for Electric Utilities from COVID-19 Responses in Emerging Markets
  • When Trade Falls—Effects of COVID-19 and Outlook
  • How the Tourism Sector in Emerging Markets is Recovering from COVID-19
  • COVID-19 and the Insurance Industry: Why a Gender-Sensitive Response Matters
  • Childcare in the COVID-19 Era—A Guide for Employers
  • COVID-19 and Gender-Based Violence: Workplace Risks and Responses— A Guidance Note for Employers