Covid-19: Lessons in Unpreparedness

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    Covid-19: Lessons in Unpreparedness

    • 01 Jul 2020
    • Zoom

    The Event

    How do we begin to understand what happened from the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic to now? Were we as prepared as we could be? Whose responsibility was it? Is it only 20-20 hindsight that we could have done differently? As we emerge from confinement, what lessons learned will enable us to prepare better for the future?

    Many countries thought that they were prepared for a pandemic. They were supported by various "preparedness rankings." Yet, we have seen that individual experts can find themselves in unexpected positions of influence, for better or worse, that the metrics were complex, that government leaders faced with similar challenges can act in very different ways and lead their citizens to relative success or failure.

    We are very fortunate to have as our guest speaker, Michael Woolcock, HKS Lecturer and Lead Social Scientist at the World Bank for our virtual conference on "Covid-19 and Lessons in Unpreparedness."

    Michael Woolcock is Lead Social Scientist with the World Bank's Development Research Group, where he has worked since 1998. For fourteen of these years he has also been a Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, as well as the Universities of Cambridge and Manchester. His research focuses on strategies for enhancing the effectiveness of policy implementation, extending work addressed in his recent book Building State Capability: Evidence, Analysis, Action (with Matt Andrews and Lant Pritchett; Oxford University Press, 2017). He is also currently co-directing the World Bank's bi-annual 'Poverty and Shared Prosperity Report 2020', due for release in October. An Australian national, Michael is a co-recipient of the American Sociological Association's awards for best book (2012) and best article (2014) on economic development. He has a PhD in comparative-historical sociology from Brown University.

    WHEN: Wednesday 1 July 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
    WHERE: Zoom - link will be sent to registered participants
    COST: Free - But sign-up is required

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