COVID-19 exposed vulnerabilities and inequalities across the board that are reshaping the roles of administrations worldwide. Nearly half of governments surveyed report restoring pre-pandemic growth levels as their top priority, in tandem with protecting the vulnerable, as they build inclusive, green and resilient societies to prepare for potential future shocks.
This means getting people back into work and putting firms on a sound footing, as well as streamlining climate goals in broader economic objectives.
It also means improving capacity for remote working and making public services accessible online through increased digitalisation (a priority cited in "Other" by some governments looking to enhance adaptability and competitiveness).
Young people were the hardest hit by rises in unemployment during the pandemic and were dissatisfied by public services in employment and housing. Although youth did not make the top-three priorities list, most OECD countries have a national youth strategy or action plan in place to ensure their concerns are central in the recovery strategy.
Read the Government at a Glance report for information on a variety of government performance indicators as well as information on how governments responded to the crisis.