It is a catchy acronym. An alliterative call to action. It rolls off the tongues of world leaders like UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden. Building Back Better—or BBB—is the seeming light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. But what does BBB really mean in the world’s poorest countries? And how can these countries—which are supported by the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA)—secure the resources they need to make it happen?
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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate countries, overwhelming health systems, disrupting productivity, threatening food security, multiplying job losses, and reducing incomes, particularly for the poorest. It has led to the largest global economic contraction in eight decades, affecting all economies and causing investments, trade, and remittance flows to plummet. The global crisis is threatening the lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable by increasing poverty, exacerbating inequalities, and damaging long-term economic growth prospects. It requires a comprehensive, robust global response from the development community.
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