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Accountability during the COVID pandemic: the perspective of emerging economies podcast

As we reflect on a year and a half spent navigating the uncertainties of the COVID-19 crisis, it is evident that pandemic response around the world has been varied, imperfect, and even – occasionally – corrupt.

In this episode, Professors Javed Siddiqui, Thankom Arun, and Hassan Yazdifar discuss the disproportionate effect of the pandemic and its inadvertent consequences on emerging economies.

What set-backs have we seen, and what needs to change in order for these nations to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030?

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Javed Siddiqui is a Professor of Accounting at the Alliance Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester. His primary fields of research are auditing, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting, especially in the context of developing economies. Javed's work has consistently appeared in reputed accounting and management journals, and been cited by important professional and policy making bodies, such as the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK.

Thankom Arun is a Professor of Global Development and Accountability at the Essex Business School. Currently, he is a Professor Extraordinaire at the Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa and a Research fellow at IZA, Bonn. He is also chairing an academic steering group on Financial inclusion in the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF). Thankom is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Hassan Yazdifar is a Professor and the Head of the Department for Accounting, Finance and Economics at Bournemouth University.

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In this episode

  • The importance of transparency and accountability in emergency response
  • The challenges faced by emerging economies in navigating the pandemic
  • Recent developments in management and accounting practices
  • How has pandemic response created opportunities for corruption?
  • How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect the ability of emerging economies to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

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