Act Now: Experiences and recommendations of girls and boys on the impact of COVID-19

World Vision

This global report is a consolidation of six regional reports based on consultations conducted between April and August 2020 that used a qualitative approach. The consultation included individual interviews and focus group discussions with 763 children and young people (403 girls, 334 boys and 26 gender not specified) between the ages of 7 to 19 years old. The research was conducted in 50 countries in regions ranging from Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, and sub-Saharan Africa. The interviews and focus group discussions took place in-person with physical distancing, over the phone, and through online platforms. This consultation followed the minimum standards for consulting with children and young people developed by the Inter-agency Working Group on Children’s Participation.

The report is organised around the three themes emerging from the data: (1) the impacts of COVID-19 on children and young people; (2) their resilient responses to these impacts personally, in their families and communities; and (3) the support that children and young people need to be safe, healthy and help to fight the further spread of the virus.