South Asian countries are taking dramatic steps to counter the outbreak of COVID-19. The economic toll has taken center stage as lockdowns affecting hundreds of millions lead to widespread factory closures and layoffs. As government leaders contemplate a fallout worse than the 1997-1998 Asian Financial Crisis, the urgent nature of the situation has heightened the risk of opportunistic violations of the law and the suspension of normal accountability mechanisms that help ensure efficient use of public resources.
This session was organized by CIPE’s Anti-Corruption & Governance Center and Accountability Lab and features an overview of issues in the region from well recognized South Asia expert and Illinois State University professor Dr. Ali Riaz.
We are also joined by Fayyaz Yaseen, development expert and Director for Accountability Lab Pakistan, Aiman Rasheed, Acting Executive Director of Transparency Maldives, and Ashmita Sharma, Program Officer for Accountability Lab Nepal, who will provide an analysis of events and trends in their respective countries. The presenters discuss how to mitigate the risk of corruption and ensure accountability and effectiveness in the collective response to the COVID-19 crisis.
This web-based conference is the third in a series on Covid-19 and Corruption organized by the Anti-Corruption & Governance Center.