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The choices governments make while channeling public resources to combat the debilitating health and economic impacts of COVID-19 will determine how many lives are saved and how many people fall into poverty. Fiscal equity and accountability – as well as civic engagement – are critical to ensuring COVID-19-related expenditures meet citizens’ most urgent needs as effectively as possible.

This high-level, virtual panel that will focus on equity and accountability in emergency public spending and how we can strengthen the role of civil society in monitoring these expenditures.