A Letter to the International Community

COVID-19 Crisis Management and Recovery

LSE IGA co-leads international effort of policy makers, academic and business to advise on COVID-19 crisis management and recovery

"In addition to disrupting the economy, the COVID-19 pandemic is also derailing educational opportunities for millions of the world's poorest and most vulnerable children. If governments and multilateral organizations do not intervene immediately, the damage done today will be felt for decades to come."

A Letter to the International Community (17 August 2020).

A series of letters to G20 leaders, coordinated by Professor Erik Berglof, Gordon Brown (former UK Prime Minister) and Sir Jeremy Farrar (Director of the Wellcome Trust), are calling for international action to help emerging and developing countries in the COVID-19 crisis.

The most recent letter to the G20, IMF, World Bank, regional development banks and national governments calls for urgent action to address the global education emergency triggered by COVID-19 and has over 275 signatories, including many world leaders and several LSE faculty.

Extract from the latest letter "A Letter to the International Community" (17 August 2020):

"We write to call for urgent action to address the global education emergency triggered by COVID-19. With more than one billion children still out of school because of the lockdown, there is a real and present danger that the public-health crisis will create a COVID generation who loses out on schooling and whose opportunities are permanently damaged. While the more fortunate have had access to alternatives, the world’s poorest children have been locked out of learning and denied Internet access. And with the loss of free school meals – once a lifeline for nearly 400 million boys and girls – hunger has grown."

Read the full letter here.

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Previous Calls to Action

Read "A Letter to G20 Governments" (6 April 2020) here.

Read "The Deadly Urgency of Now" (28 April 2020) here.

Read "What the G20 Should Do Now" (1 June 2020) here.