According to Oxfam, the report, produced by researchers at Kings College London and the University of Australia, shows that between 6 and 8 percent of all people are forced into poverty when the world's economies shut down in the fight against sars-cov-2, like the new corona virus christened to.
This means that over half of the world's population may live in poverty after the pandemic - and that the fight against poverty can reverse by as much as 30 years in parts of Africa and the Middle East.
The purpose of the report is to lobby for an economic crisis package to poor countries such as the West Bank, the IMF and the G20 are invited to vote through next week and which, among other things, should save being able to save small companies in developing countries."Must learn lessons from the financial crisis"
Johan Pettersson is Secretary General of Oxfam Sweden:
- There are no safety nets for people in poverty who already had unsecured employment and poorly paid jobs before the corona crisis. Many will end up in poverty. Rich countries, the IMF and the World Bank can and must offer a lifeline. To begin with, a break in all debt repayments, he says in a comment on the report and continues:
- Governments must learn from the financial crisis in 2008 where payments for banks and companies were paid by ordinary people when jobs were lost and the necessary services such as health care were reduced. Crisis packages should benefit ordinary workers and small businesses.Has hit hard on the clothing industry
The report also addresses the fact that those who are most low-paid often lack both sick pay and the opportunity to work from home. One group fighting the corona virus are those working in the Bangladeshi clothing industry.
More than a million of these, 80 percent of whom are women, have been sent home without payment or been dropped because of foreign companies canceling their orders, according to Oxfam's report.