Reporting on Development Policy during the Coronavirus Pandemic in Germany

This report was produced by the German Institute for Development Evaluation and examines media coverage of development policy during the Covid-19 pandemic in Germany.

Key findings:

  • In Germany, development policy is rarely mentioned on the TV news, in print media or on Twitter. When the first COVID-19 lockdown was introduced, the space given to it on the TV news and in the print media shrank even further.

  • From March 2020 onwards, when development policy was mentioned in the media this usually occurred in conjunction with the topics of 'health' and 'pandemics'.

  • Implication: Development actors can seek to make the relevance of development interventions more evident by pointing to the global containment of the pandemic as an example.