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Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Developing Countries: Lessons from Selected Countries of the Global South

Anis Z. Chowdhury () and K. S. Jomo ()
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Anis Z. Chowdhury: Western Sydney University
K. S. Jomo: Khazanah Research Institute

Development, 2020, vol. 63, issue 2, 162-171

Abstract: Abstract Reviewing selected policy responses in Asia and South America, this paper draws pragmatic lessons for developing countries to better address the COVID-19 pandemic. It argues that not acting quickly and adequately incurs much higher costs. So-called ‘best practices’, while useful, may be inappropriate, especially if not complemented by effective and suitable socio-economic measures. Public understanding, support and cooperation, not harsh and selective enforcement of draconian measures, are critical for successful implementation of containment strategies. This requires inclusive and transparent policy-making, and well-coordinated and accountable government actions that build and maintain trust between citizens and government. In short, addressing the pandemic crisis needs ‘all of government’ and ‘whole of society’ approaches under credible leadership.

Keywords: COVID-19 pandemic; Contagion; Precautionary measures; Herd immunity; Containment measures; Lockdown; Physical distancing; Contact tracing; Health systems (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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