As the world is struggling with the severe health, economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the developing countries are at greater risk from this global shock. With limited resources and weak capacity to carry out lockdown measures, support their economies and deal with external shocks, developing countries are in a particularly difficult position to respond and recover. The extreme economic, social and sustainable development consequences they are facing may reverse decades of development progress and further jeopardise efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is therefore crucial to support developing countries address their priorities and most urgent needs in the current crisis, through sub-regional, regional, and even inter-regional collaboration efforts.
To access the information on priorities directly from developing countries in Asia and the Pacific, the Regional Office of the Asia-Pacific of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) launched a survey that targets at 30 countries in the region. Seventeen (57%) responses were received between 17 August – 8 September 2020. The survey has questions on the countries’ priorities to recover from public health, economic and social impacts, as well as their prime concerns in responding to the pandemic. It also collected data on the assistance received and given by the countries through South-South cooperation. The complete survey questions can be accessed here.
About survey respondents
Countries in the Global South have designated South-South cooperation focal points, who were contacted to fill out the survey on behalf of their governments. It is our understanding that most of the focal points reached out to other relevant government departments to gather information for survey response.
The Survey on Priorities for COVID-19 Recovery and South-South cooperation in Asia-Pacific was designed and implemented by Denis Nkala, Xin He, Leba Salusalu and Saowalak Sangsomboon. Analysis of the survey was done by Denis Nkala and Xin He. Respondents were reached also through the help from Etti Diana, Yejin Kim, Ayu Primarini, Louismongkol Sapkul, Caihong Wang and Asad-Uz-Zaman.
We appreciate the time and trust of the South-South country focal points from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam, who responded to the survey.