With the myriad far-reaching health, humanitarian and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, scarce aid resources have come under tremendous pressure. But it would be naïve to expect that the ODA pie will grow in accordance with the expanding needs. Recent trends point in the opposite direction; global aid is shrinking, especially for the neediest. Moreover, the traditional donor economies are having to spend billions of dollars at home to deal with the pandemic and mitigate an economic meltdown. As a result, aid budgets might well decrease moving forward.
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