Despite the COVID-19 related economic downturn, the pandemic provides the opportunity to review the macro-economic choices and development path required to sustain the Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
While relief efforts are being created to rebound, it is high time to explore innovative policy options to ease the humanitarian and development crisis. One possible solution in Mauritius is to explore the potential of Crowdfunding, a funding technique which is aligned with the United Nations SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals.
The Rodrigues Regional Assembly launched its Sustainable Development Goal Committee (SDG) of the Regional Assembly on Tuesday 17 November 2020.
On July 1, 2020 the World Bank classified Mauritius as a high-income country, having surpassed the Gross National Income (GNI) per capita threshold of US$ 12,535. This steady progress is a good sign that the country is making headway in translating its national vision into reality. With this transition, it is probable that bilateral and multilateral organizations will significantly reduce or withdraw their financial and technical support and other preferences to Mauritius as is the common practice. Given its peculiarity as a small island nation, Mauritius is still not fully equipped to manage the transition and has to make sure that the anticipated waning of support does not perpetuate its vulnerabilities, and delay progress.
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