Positioning Paper

Governance and Building Back Better

Published on 30 September 2020

The pandemic is in many ways a crisis of governance. Its magnitude and mitigation are determined by the nature of policy responses and crisis management by leaders and governments, and existing socioeconomic inequality has led to a disproportionate impact on some groups.

The pandemic has created a set of unique challenges that underscore the need for governments to collect revenue more efficiently and equitably; and to spend it more inclusively, transparently and accountably, especially on the most vulnerable and marginalised populations. It has revealed that many governments around the world have limited state capacity to respond in these ways, especially in fragile contexts, and that state–citizen relations may weaken as a result. In this paper we suggest a set of governance interventions to help create conditions for positive change and support efforts to build back better.

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Khan Mohmand, S. (2020) Governance and Building Back Better, Positioning Paper, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies

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Shandana Khan Mohmand

Cluster leader and Research Fellow

Colin Anderson

Research Officer

Max Gallien

Research Fellow

Tom Harrison

Research Fellow

Anuradha Joshi

Research Fellow

Miguel Loureiro

Research Fellow

Giulia Mascagni

IDS Research Fellow and ICTD Research Director

Giovanni Occhiali

Research Fellow

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