World in Lockdown, Development On Hold

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a number of political and socioeconomic repercussions that will continue to impact the world in the years to come. The pandemic’s impacts on employment, food security, poverty, and economic growth, as projected by various international organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund are unprecedented.

The COVID-19 pandemic has unravelled and exacerbated the inequality inherent in the neoliberal global economy. While the pandemic has affected almost all of the world’s population, its impacts have been heaviest on the most impoverished and marginalised sectors. Meanwhile, the world’s billionaires and giant corporations have further increased their wealth.

Apart from impacts on life and health, subsequent COVID-19 policies and other government measures have also led to violations of civil and political rights, freedoms, and democratic spaces. At the same time, the pandemic has also significantly affected civil society organisations (CSOs) and the communities they work with around the world in various ways. CSOs working on the ground have deplored the lack of transparency in COVID-19 programs and financing, lack of CSO participation in policies and response, and even outright political repression.

The pandemic’s impacts, which compound pre-existing socioeconomic crises, threaten to derail the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Civil society organisations (CSOs) have called on international financial institutions (IFIs) and development actors for debt relief, less austerity, fewer loans, and greater international cooperation to help address the crises. Prior to the pandemic, the international community had already been falling short of fulfilling development cooperation commitments.

The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) presents its report World in Lockdown, Development on Hold as part of the platform’s commitment to work for effective development cooperation (EDC) and contribute to the attainment of the SDGs.

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