Understanding the challenges faced by LDCs in COVID-19 recovery

Date: Tuesday, 27 July 2021
Where: Online
Women sit on the floor with lettuce on tables. Other women stand in front of them.

Youth volunteers mobilising against COVID-19 in a food market in Ethiopia (Photo: UNICEF Ethiopia via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

This online event on Tuesday, 27 July examined the range of issues LDCs have to deal with in their efforts to build back better.

COVID-19 has spread quickly across the globe, shaking the world to its core. The world economy has been severely impacted, forcing governments to reconsider short- and long-term responses – both domestic and international – to the impacts. Governments are urgently looking into fiscal stimulus measures to get virus-struck economies on stable ground.  

The full extent of the long-term impact on the economy is yet to unfold in the coming months and years, but the least developed countries (LDCs) will be the least able to cope with the impact. They are already challenged by multiple urgent priorities that require undivided financial and technical resources. 


    Elaine Harty ( is senior project manager in IIED's Climate Change research group

    Binyam Yakob Gebreyes ( is a researcher in IIED's Climate Change research group