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What is the impact of COVID-19 and global development challenges on multidimensional poverty? How do policies provide a buffer or support those in poverty to emerge with their wellbeing enhanced? This panel considers the many pressures on multidimensional poverty and how we can 'build back better'.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented and disproportionate impact on people in poverty across the world. The pandemic is set to increase poverty in all its dimensions, reversing positive trends in poverty reduction and setting many countries back in terms of achieving the SDGs. Pre-existing social, demographic, spatial and other inequalities are being reinforced, thereby challenging efforts towards greater social justice. The pandemic occurred against the backdrop of mounting global challenges in relation to climate, fragility and populism. At the same time, the pandemic is seen as an opportunity to 'build back better' and to reshape systems in ways that benefit those traditionally marginalised.
Roughly 18 months after the onset of COVID-19, this panel - organised by the DSA Multidimensional Poverty and Poverty Dynamics Study Group - explores how the pandemic and other pressing global challenges such as climate change, economic contraction and populist movements have 'unsettled' progress towards reducing multidimensional poverty. It also considers the effectiveness of policies that aim to counteract these challenges in relation to multidimensional poverty.
Contributions to this panel provide empirical insights into the relationship between COVID-19 and multidimensional poverty.