Governance and COVID-19: a Background Paper for the 2021 SDG16 Conference

With Robert Muggah

The COVID-19 pandemic struck the world at a time when the relationship between governments and their citizens and the relationship between different sections of society were already under pressure. Responses to the 2008 global financial crisis had increased inequality and fueled resentment of elites, and populist leaders had emerged to channel that resentment into increasingly effective assaults on democratic institutions. The world was already off track to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, even before COVID-19 dramatically worsened the health, educational, and economic plight of billions of people across the globe.

Robert Muggah contributed to this report that aims to campaign to halve violence by 2030 with cities around the world.

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