COVID-19 Recovery Must Take into Account Women, Children, and Other Vulnerable Groups


As countries prepare for a new normal in the wake of the pandemic, they should not neglect vulnerable groups in plotting their recovery, said experts during the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS) 2021.

During the panel, "Recovery for All: A Human-Centered COVID-19 Response," the experts identified among vulnerable groups women and children as well as those hardest hit by the pandemic, including those who depend on the tourism sector in the case of Thailand as well as small and medium enterprises across Southeast Asia.


  • Robert Guild, Chief Sector Officer, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB
  • Ketsuda Supradit, International Economic Advisor, Fiscal Policy Office, Ministry of Finance, Thailand
  • Magnus Ekbom, Chief Strategy Officer, Lazada Group; Chief Executive Officer (Acting), Lazada Malaysia
  • Janti Soeripto, President and Chief Executive Officer, Save the Children US
  • Moderator: Lisa Oake, CNBC Catalyst

SEADS aims to help crystallize thinking on relevant and critical issues in the region, and support countries in becoming prosperous, knowledge-based, and sustainable.

SEADS 2021, Innovation through Collaboration: Planning for an Inclusive Post-COVID-19 Recovery, was held on 17–18 March.