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Strong institutions needed 20 May 2020

To build back better from Covid–19, strong institutions will be foundational (via Business Green)

Masood Ahmed, Center for Global Development

We should double down on creating stronger, smarter, more resilient global institutions as we recovery from the pandemic, argues the Center for Global Development’s Masood Ahmed.

Development practitioners the world over have always accepted that at their essence the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), like the Millennium Development Goals before them, would remain aspirational and not attainable unless wealthy countries, donors and philanthropists, and major corporations pooled their considerable resources to convert billions into trillions of dollars.

Not six months ago, the start of a new decade was as an organising moment for the global community to pick up the financial pace in the marathon race to the 2030 SDGs. But with the onset of the Covid–19 pandemic and its severe implications for physical and mental human health as well as economic livelihood and global financial stability, we know that there will be considerable rollbacks in the gains already made toward the goals.

We should double down on creating stronger, smarter, more resilient global institutions for the future – to fight and build back from the pandemic but also keep the goals in sight. No easy feat, but I offer a few examples below that could strengthen our collective hand, many of which my colleagues at the Center for Global Development have been exploring.

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