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Seven Lessons for Development Policy from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Although the COVID-19 crisis is far from over, one may venture some tentative lessons that development policy can learn from the pandemic. This brief presents seven such lessons for how policy is conceived, designed and implemented.

In this brief, we make some observations about the national, regional and international responses during the crisis, critically evaluate these efforts, and identify institutional gaps and  weaknesses that should be remedied to increase preparedness and improve responses to future pandemics and crises.