The precise effects of COVID-19 on development are not clear yet. It is clear, though, that the effects of the pandemic on development will be felt for a long time. Therefore, it is important to be proactive and assess what we can do now, to prevent the worst negative outcomes of the virus. This article gives recommendations with the small island state Trinidad and Tobago as main focus.
In spite of the pandemic we cannot neglect the importance of pursuing the SDG’s. The pandemic has a negative effect on development with risks of possible increase in poverty, hunger, gender inequality and lack of access to quality education for all. Immediate efforts are done to prevent hunger and people getting sick focused on short-term consequences of the pandemic. However, the long-term effects of the pandemic cannot be ignored. If we don’t take measures now, there will be increased inequality among other things. One reason for that is the challenge to continue education (for marginalized communities).