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2021 -

online via Zoom

COVID-19 and the Global South – Perspectives and Challenges

Presentation of the ÖFSE Flagship Report "Österreichische Entwicklungspolitik 2021 - COVID-19 and the Global South - Perspectives and Challenges"

Online event

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit developing countries particularly hard, both economically and socially. Massive income losses, impoverishment and rising inequality, overburdened health systems and a regression in education participation are only the first immediately perceptible impacts. Medium- to long-term implications, for example a worsening financial and debt situation or changing global production patterns, are not yet easy to assess, but are in part worrying. Development policy and development cooperation must react to these impacts and try to counteract them.

The presentation of the ÖFSE Flagship Report 2021 will be dedicated to this topic. In the first part, we will analyse the financial flows from Austria to developing countries. In a second part, we will discuss issues arising from the impact of the pandemic on the Global South and possible ways forward.

> Programme (pdf)

Please register at: until December, 14 (after Registration the access code will be sent to you).

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17.00: Welcome and introduction (Werner Raza, ÖFSE)

17.05: Analyse der finanziellen Leistungen Österreichs an Entwicklungsländer / Austria‘s financial flows to developing countries (Michael Obrovsky, ÖFSE) (in German language)

17.20: Q&A session

17.35: Coffee break

17.40: Panel discussion: COVID-19 and the Global South – Perspectives and Challenges?

  • Macroeconomic and financial implications (Richard Kozul-Wright, UNCTAD)
  • COVID-19 and the resilience of global value chains: the case of medical products and pharmaceuticals (Jan Grumiller, ÖFSE)
  • The EU development policy as a response to the COVID-19 crisis (Pauline Veron, ECDPM)

18.10: Comment from the perspective of development policy (Wolfgang Lapuh, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs)

18.20: Q&A Session

19.00: End of conference


The conference will be held in English (without translation), except for the first part on Austria’s financial flows. Questions can be asked in German language.

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