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From the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for Global Development has aimed to help policymakers protect the lives of the world’s poorest people. Our work on both the immediate outbreak and its longer-term health, social, and economic impacts has earned CGD a recommendation as a trusted organization to support in these extraordinary times.
Your support has already made a big difference, giving our experts the flexibility and independence to respond swiftly to emerging crises by injecting data and rigor into the public discourse, and by developing innovative policy proposals and recommendations for key decisionmakers.
Your contributions have helped CGD experts to quickly mobilize and produce a rapid stream of research and analysis on topics such as protecting health and health systems, financing the response and recovery, minimizing the potential harm to students and school systems caused by school closures, and addressing the short- and longer-term social and economic consequences of the pandemic. For example, CGD’s education team is looking at what school closings mean for children in low- and middle-income countries and how governments can mitigate the consequences, including through advice to education ministers on managing school systems during COVID-19; the scale and timing of school closures and distance learning measures; and policy options to ensure that children do not go hungry with the loss of school meals. Our development finance experts have called on the G20 to drive a bold response to the outbreak, including with enhanced coordination, increased lending from multilateral development banks, and US emergency legislation to support developing countries’ efforts to combat the virus. Our plea led to clear results.
The social, economic, and health systems of developing countries vary greatly from those of the rich countries where the pandemic first took hold; going forward, our goal is to devise responses for low- and middle-income countries that reflect the realities faced in these different contexts.
There has been a tremendous groundswell of interest in CGD’s COVID-19 work. CGD experts have been featured in the New York Times, CNN, BBC, Financial Times, Al Jazeera, The Hill, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Reuters, and Canada’s Financial Post, among other major outlets. And it’s not just traditional press: Jeremy Konyndyk’s NowThis interview has garnered more than 20 million views online, and counting.
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From all of us at CGD, stay safe and healthy.
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