Impact of pandemic could be felt by world’s poorest for years to come, international development secretary tells MPs - sourced from The Guardian
UK secretary of state for international development Anne-Marie Trevelyan. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA
The coronavirus pandemic threatens to undo 30 years of international development work, with a bleak picture for the world’s poorest, the international development secretary, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, told MPs.
Giving evidence to a parliamentary inquiry into the effectiveness of UK aid, Trevelyan said her biggest fear was that the secondary impact of the health crisis would be felt by the world’s poorest for years to come.
“We have before us a health crisis, a humanitarian crisis and an economic crisis which threaten to undo 30 years of international development work,” she said. “The devastating impacts are already being seen both at home and abroad. My personal profoundest concern is that the secondary impacts will be felt for years to come for the poorest, most disproportionately affected.”
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