In his last paper, Dirk A. Zetsche argues that the overall impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the least developed and developing countries is massive, with a potentially very high number of casualties. The author floats an entirely arbitrary figure of 100 Million. To arrive at this number, the research collects and collates the different ways in which COVID-19 may hit developing countries from a public health perspective as well as economically, and show that the crisis may not only threaten many people’s life but may even reverse the positive development trend of the last 20 years, putting the realization of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in some doubt.

The author proposes five policy measures to mitigate the most severe impact of the crisis on low-and middle-income countries.

The paper is structured as follows:

  • Part I provides the context;
  • Part II argues that the number of Corona cases and casualties in the least developed and developing countries is almost certainly underestimated and understated;
  • Part III lays out the indirect severe impacts of the crisis, namely the inevitable return of hunger and famine to many parts of the world;
  • Part IV suggests that the abandonment of the UN’s SDGs is one likely effect of the crisis in the absence of coordinated efforts;
  • Part V presents five policy principles designed to repel the looming human tragedy;
  •  Part VI concludes.

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Source: Dirck A. Zetsche