How better access to vision correction can improve the global economic outlook
By Ella Gudwin - Fortune
With future economic prospects looking increasingly bleary, the possibility of a global recession has been brought sharply into focus. That’s the conclusion of new data from the World Bank, which reveals how global growth is set to decline in both developed and emerging economies.
In times of economic crisis, priorities are streamlined and objectives set in more prosperous times are often adjourned. Regrettably, global performance on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals SDG 1 “No Poverty” and SDG 8 “Decent Work and Economic Growth” remain below pre-pandemic levels in many low-income and lower-middle-income countries.
How can we attempt to address these twin problems of slowing growth and increasing poverty? For World Bank Group President David Malpass, any solutions must focus on boosting production via additional investment and improved productivity–a sentiment echoed by the authors of The Sustainable Development Report.
If this recommendation provides a broad framework for tackling these issues, then we need to identify specific areas in which to make a start. Agriculture and vision correction are particularly worthy of further exploration.
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