Increased public investment and greater mobilization of both domestic
and international resources for social spending will be crucial to achieving
an inclusive recovery in the postCOVID era. Currently, low- and middleincome countries invest, on average,
just one third of their total government expenditure in social spending (defined
here as education, health and social protection). Although social spending
has risen in many countries in response to COVID-19, it is unclear whether the
temporary increases will be maintained.

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