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COVID-19: Global South responses have shown up social policy challenges – and strengths

By Leila Patel, Professor of Social Development Studies, University of Johannesburg
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The COVID-19 pandemic is more than a health crisis. It has also revealed other fault lines such as weak and inadequate social service delivery systems and institutional challenges. The poverty and inequality fault lines are unlikely to be redrawn or removed if new and innovative evidence-based solutions are not found to respond to these interlocking problems.

One of the questions I attempt to answer in this article is what we might learn from social policy and social development responses in the global…


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