Phones sometimes serve as a 'digital leash' to check women's whereabouts - a growing feature of many relationships and conflicts.
Unlike in wealthy nations, lockdowns are simply impossible in overcrowded conditions with no sanitation and high levels of poverty.
It is not all democracies that struggle to deal with the coronavirus; it is those in which the people do not feel the system works for them.
For most of the past five decades, income inequality has been higher in rural counties than in urban areas. Now, urban areas are catching up.
The current lockdown in Zimbabwe is going to provide a stern test for its informal economy, which is the country's dominant economy and employs 90% of people.
If the government seeks to reduce its massive deficit by cutting public spending after the pandemic subsides, this will burden the poor and public sector workers, increasing inequality.
South Africa won't flatten the COVID-19 pandemic curve unless all citizens have the means to stay at home. But for many, it's either they stay at home and starving, or go out to make a living.
COVID-19 has brought to the fore the interdependency of business and society. It's time for amendments to the social contract that underlies societal support for business.
Pakistan is using technology to distribute emergency support as part of its coronavirus stimulus. But its criteria for eligibility must be more nuanced.
The clock is ticking: in the absence of government support, not being able to work means waste reclaimers don't have money to buy food.
In India handwashing practices have come under scrutiny as millions of Indian poorest return home from major cities. Many do not have access to basic amenities.
We must put in measures to protect the young as well as the old.
American Indians and Alaska Natives are the most impoverished and marginalized group in the US. Tribes are working to protect their people from the coronavirus, but they have few resources to do so.
The COVID-19 pandemic must be managed in India in a tense economic context and with a largely privatised health system.
Reactions in South Africa give little reason for hope that the virus will bring people closer together or trigger more energetic action against poverty.
Rapid motorisation has made the Indonesian city of Solo prioritise policies to support motorised vehicles, paying little attention to cycling and marginalising poor women.
The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing people to study and work online. It's also sparked a need for news and information. That's a challenge for the 24 million Americans who lack broadband internet access.
Female labour participation in Indonesia has stalled at 50% for the last three decades. This is a bit of a mystery because Indonesia’s economy has grown dramatically over the same period.
The 17 goals seek to end all forms of poverty everywhere by 2030, by achieving 169 targets. Progress in achieving them does not match the hype.
Nigeria needs to adopt gender specific strategies to financially include women smallholders in agriculture.