Trends matter a great deal, especially for research and planning. And so what happens in a time of crisis, when all standards seem to change? What is the point of a trend if there is a sudden and unpredictable disruption – like COVID-19 – altering the best-laid plans and predictions? Dr Tara Polzer Ngwato, Director at Social Surveys Africa, explores the impact of a crisis on underlying economic and social trends and discusses how the annual Indulamithi Barometer, produced by Social Surveys in collaboration with the Indlulamithi Scenarios Project, remains more relevant than ever.

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