Covid and local governance

Covid’s a pandemic; it’s global. But addressing it is local. Multilateral organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO) give out an international picture of it. National governments craft strategies and programs to address it within their countries’ capacities. But it’s local governments (LGUs) that actually shepherd and hold the hands of individuals and households to navigate and survive this pandemic.



“As the coronavirus pandemic grows, it brings a secondary economic disaster — unemployment, small business closings, local government budget shortfalls. Given the way our economy is structured, widespread job losses and plummeting consumer demand trigger a whole lot of suffering. But, as philosopher Barbara Muraca explained in 2013, the activist and scholarly movement known as degrowth is building a vision of a society where economies would get smaller by design — and people would be better off for it.”

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