on the Lockdown Economy initiative
In 2020 Think Tank AlterContacts launched the Lockdown Economy, an international non-profit grassroots social-economic and educational initiative to help small businesses and self-employed professionals overcome the challenges of the pandemic and reactivate the economy. It is registered by the United Nations as an Acceleration Action for SDG.
From May 2020 until September 2021, we have collected insights from 350 small business owners and self-employed professionals from 42 countries in 17 languages, representing 78 business activities, to see how the COVID-19 pandemic affected their business, their life, and future.
To make the insights gathered useful for policy-making and recommendations on entrepreneurship in the post-pandemic world, we have prepared the country reports below. This think tank report brings to light specific challenges small businesses faced due to COVID-19 and proposes ways to help them.
We are deeply grateful to entrepreneurs who shared their stories and to our 180 volunteers that made this initiative possible.
Discover how and why the Lockdown Economy came to be. Watch the TED talk by Julia Skupchenko, the co-founder of Think Tank AlterContacts.
Country Reports of Lockdown Economy
When referencing our articles, please always mention the source:
Think Tank AlterContacts (2021). Lockdown Economy Country Report for [location]. [web-address of the article]
Individual Case Studies
Overcoming Challenges Faced by Small Businesses During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
A case study of a Woman Entrepreneur in Cyprus.
A small consultancy firm in Malta shares from its privileged observatory the opportunities and difficulties of being a small company during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Exploring challenges faced by an online sleep consultancy run by a ‘mumpreneur” in Lebanon.
While the gig economy is quickly gaining ground among students and employees, its effects entail a double burden that inflicts both psychological and organizational repercussions on a Romania-based Web Design company.
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, when most of the businesses were shutting down, some HORECA entrepreneurs defied the market trends and took the leap of faith.
The pandemic impacted companies working in close cooperation with the information and technology sector and became the driving force for digital transformation.
Here are the key challenges that small agricultural businesses in the United Arab Emirates are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the government can help.
In this story, the small business owner from Paris reflects on her experience of sustaining her cooking school through the pandemic.
Herein, thirty interviews including three follow-ups of small business owners from thirteen countries, conducted by Lockdown Economy from June 2020 to April 2021, are analyzed.
Here are four Lockdown Economy interviews from the Philippines, United Arab Emirates, India, and Nepal that revealed effective strategies to grow a business during this pandemic.
Five travel business owners from France, Mexico, Nepal, Indonesia, and the US shared how their businesses were affected, what measures they are taking to adapt to the new situation, and what help they still need for the near future.
Four small business owners from Nepal, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Lebanon reveal effective strategies to survive during this pandemic.
Lockdown Economy Books
featuring collections of interviews with small business owners from each location. Available on Amazon.
The country reports and case studies were prepared by the volunteer researchers:
Alan Patrick Cavalcante da Silveira, Brazil
Albert Cosmin Scirtoaje, Romania
Aulia Shifa Hamida, Indonesia
Afolabi Ajala, Nigeria
Cathy Wu, Australia
Dev Bahra, the United Kingdom
Dhitasree Guha Roy, India
Gayline Vuluku, Kenya
Giulia Silva, Italy
Lyutsiya Shlafman, Israel
Mellissa Paida Musonza, the United Kingdom
Minjo Cheon, South Korea
Natalia Nagree, Qatar
Rashi Mathur, India
Rexhina Sufaj, Albania
Ryan Mitchell, Canada
Sara Bragaglia, Canada
Whitney Santos Cabral, Brazil
Yvone Wo, the United Kingdom
And volunteer editors:
Christine McKenzie, the United States
Grace Ann Marciano, Philippines
Konstantinos Valtetsiotis, Italy
Marlene Ramos, Germany
Nelisa Padarath, Trinidad and Tobago
Olivia Grace, the United Kingdom
Sara Pasqualetto, the United States
Shruti Kumari, India
Steffi George Manavalan, the United States
Learn more about the Lockdown Economy initiative and meet the volunteers who helped with gathering and transcribing interviews here.