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Turning back the Poverty Clock: How will COVID-19 impact the world’s poorest people?

In this Brookings article by Homi Kharas and Kristofer Hamel originally published in the Brookings Future Development series, they explain their logic for extreme global poverty rising by about 50 million people in 2020 but cautioning that this estimate remains in the middle of a wider range estimated by a team of World Bank economists.…

Asia Is Slowly Beginning to Reopen Travel. Here’s What the World Could Learn

This article by Hillary Leung, was originally published in Time in its Coronavirus Brief As the world struggles to reopen and establish a new post-coronavirus normal, global travel is likely to be the last activity to go back to business as usual. Every country and territory in the world has imposed travel restrictions of some…

Restarting national economies during coronavirus

This is the second article from Mckinsey & Company that explores measures to emerge from a lockdown strategy. In this article by Andres Cadena, Felipe Child, Fernando Ferrari-Haines, and Juan Franco, they explain the elements required for a selective lockdown approach to work: a fine-grained understanding of the virus’s spread in every part of a…

The unreal dichotomy in COVID-19 mortality between high-income and developing countries

In this article from the Brookings Institute, authors Philip Schellekens and Diego Sourrouille explore where the burden of mortality arising from COVID 19 will fall in the future. Here’s a striking statistic: Low-income and lower-middle income countries (LICs and LMICs) account for almost half of the global population but they make up only 2 percent…

India May 20: Vikram Singh Mehta, Chairman Brookings India, in conversation with Roddy Gow and Stewart Langdon about India in light of COVID19

Vikram Singh Mehta, Chairman Brookings India and Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution, former CEO of Shell India with extensive experience of various petroleum majors in Europe and India speaks with Institute Chairman, Roddy Gow and Institute Board Member Stewart Langdon about political and economic issues facing India in light of COVID19 here: https://youtu.be/M2smivgeXU0 Lalcap…

The geopolitics of easing Covid lockdowns

As numerous countries gradually emerge from nearly two months of Covid-19 quarantines, many citizens will struggle to transition from lockdown limbo to the “new” normal and its accompanying realities. Political necessity, public pressure and economic survival demand the start of a re-opening process – and where reasonably possible, at a progressively elevated pace. However, the brutal…

Lockdown challenges – what evolution tells us about our need for personal space

Humans are intensely social creatures. We all need company and social contact. But for many of us, being at home for long periods with a small group of people – even those we love best – can become frustrating. One key to understanding why constant contact with our family feels so unusual comes from looking…

Pakistan’s dangerous capitulation to the religious right on the coronavirus

The religious right in Pakistan has long influenced the country’s government and is doing so amid this COVID-19 pandemic, explains Madiha Afzal. This piece originally appeared in the Washington Post. Perform your ablutions at home. Bring your own prayer mats, place them six feet apart. Wear masks. Use the provided hand sanitizer. No handshakes or…

The Developing World: The Bigger COVID-19 Disaster in the Making

This article was originally published by the Centre for Global Policy on 6 May and the author is Dr Azeem Ibrahim. As damaging as the COVID-19 pandemic has been in China and the West, it is set to devastate developing countries through death tolls, economic hardships and instability.  The news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic…