The World has not seen anything like the COVID-19 Pandemic since 1918. The alarming speed by which the virus has spread to all corners of the world has exposed lack of preparedness of many governments, both democratic and authoritarian, for such a crisis of this scale. This health crisis has undoubtedly also strained the political, economic and social systems that define modern human civilization. For us here in Asia, this pandemic has exposed the weaknesses inherent in our political and economic systems that is prevalent in most countries in the region. The lack of investments in health systems, little social protections for workers and poor, and disjointed plans for rebuilding our economies leaves many citizens with little optimism.
In these times of crisis, democratic and decisive leadership will be needed to boost the morale of citizens and build confidence in a new project to reform and rebuild shattered political, economic and social systems. For progressives, such times warrant a critical push for the change it long advocated to translate into reality post-crisis.
The webinar discussed the structural issues surrounding the pandemic and the entry points for which progressives can take off on the bold project of reshaping societies to not just return to the “normal” status quo.
Guest Speaker: Marc Saxer, Head of Asia-Pacific Department, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Host: Machris Cabreros, Network Coordinator, SocDem Asia