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No country has escaped the setbacks caused by the pandemic, but the impact on low- and middle-income countries is proving far worse. Tens of millions of people are being forced back into extreme poverty. With the disruption of supply chains, transnational corporations are rethinking investments in clothing and other light manufacturing — sectors that have traditionally acted as a key rung up the development ladder.    

The impact could last for many years. Women who live in rural areas of low-income countries are particularly marginalized and often lack access to education and livelihoods. While international development organizations have made in-roads in this area, the devastation wrought by the pandemic will take many years to repair. Girls in low-income countries were just starting to make progress in obtaining an education in isolated, traditional societies. Much of that education is being delayed or ending as…

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