Dr. Anjali Kumar (she/her) is currently a Natural Resources Officer with USAID/Peru on the Environment and Sustainable Growth team. She is an ecologist working at the intersection of science and policy with a focus on biodiversity, the human dimensions of ecology and conservation, international science diplomacy, and making science more inclusive and accessible. 


This article presents examples of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)-based responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrating the importance of developing, supporting, and maintaining HEI networks in low- and middle-income countries.