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Protecting and Transforming Social Spending through the Covid-19 Crisis

Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 8:30am to 12:00pm EST

This is a seminar hosted by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and features CGD expert Amanda Glassman.

ABOUT THE EVENT

The global economic crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic is severe and has dramatic consequences for countries across the income spectrum. In spite of the initial large volumes of additional finance, many governments’ fiscal stimulus packages are already giving way to fiscal consolidation, with a ripple effect on budgets for essential social services and the potential to erode progress in health, education, and poverty reduction. The social impacts of both the pandemic and the economic recession will be highly unequal. And as in previous economic crises, the effects on children risk undermining human capital and children’s wellbeing for years to come.

As countries begin to face the fiscal onslaught, there is an urgent need to focus on the most effective investments and best use of existing resources, and to consider how best to utilize new sources of funds to protect human capital and to build a more resilient, robust and inclusive system for the future.

There is a wealth of evidence and knowledge on cost-effective policies in the social sectors and on how to improve the management of public finance to generate fiscal space for social investment. These can provide insights on how the increased spending for Covid-19 response was financed and the implications of this activity for social spending as the pandemic recedes.

There is a wealth of evidence and knowledge on cost-effective policies in the social sectors and on how to improve the management of public finance to generate fiscal space for social investment. These can provide insights on how the increased spending for Covid-19 response was financed and the implications of this activity for social spending as the pandemic recedes.

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Executive Vice President of CGD, CEO of CGD Europe, and Senior Fellow