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Being Human in a Crisis: What It Means to Us

Roundtable  -  Anastasia Goh, Wong Hefen, Daphne Yuan

Three public officers reflect on the personal impact of the COVID-19 crisis to date.

Fiscal Responses to COVID-19 in Singapore and Hong Kong

Article  -  Alfred M. Wu

Deploying judicious pandemic support measures, Singapore and Hong Kong have sought to stabilise their economies and societies, while laying a foundation for post-pandemic growth.

The Role of Public Communications and Engagement in a Pandemic

Article  -  Heather Humphries

Clear messaging, credible information, timely updates and meaningful collaboration can increase public trust in a government’s ability to manage a crisis, and promote social responsibility and resilience.

Can We Nudge the Pandemic Away?

Article  -  Do Hoang Van Khanh, Mervin Loi

While nudges cannot and should not replace mandatory health measures and lockdowns in the COVID-19 crisis, they can be used to complement regulations, especially in helping communities cope with the long-drawn measures and negative consequences of the pandemic.

Taking Stock of an Unprecedented Pandemic

Article  -  Ong Toon Hui, Danny Quah

COVID-19 has tested societies like never before: but good governance, agile policymaking, social cohesion and broad collaboration remain vital in facing the crisis of a generation.

Editorial Issue 22

Editorial  -  Alvin Pang

This issue of ETHOS takes stock of the COVID-19 pandemic to date—including some of its socioeconomic, governance and geopolitical implications—and reflects on how Singapore and other governments have responded to the crisis of a generation.

Learning from Crisis

Article  -  Tharman Shanmugaratnam

The following remarks—drawing lessons on governance from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis—were abridged from a speech given by the Senior Minister at the Administrative Service Appointment and Promotion Ceremony on 29 March 2021.

Strengthening Mental Wellbeing in a Pandemic

Article  -  Rianne Karthikayen

Measures to ease financial strain, support families and protect work-life balance can relieve key stressors during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Growing from Clusters to Ecosystems

Opinion  -  Shirley Loo

In a post-pandemic knowledge-based economy, success may lie in distributed ecosystems of complementary firms cooperating for the common good.

Emerging Stronger as an Antifragile Nation

Opinion  -  Azfer A. Khan, Ang Kheng Kiat

Crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic are an opportunity for Singapore to forge new bonds, by drawing from our different perspectives and capacities to benefit the common good.