Warren Krafchik, Executive Director
The pandemic stretched and stressed us all but not equally. For far too many, the impact of COVID is devastating. This inequity must remind us of the urgency that governments raise and spend public money in ways that address real public priorities. Each year, we continue to make progress toward this goal, but not nearly fast enough.
Now more than ever before we have to come together to ensure that we leverage this crisis to build more inclusive and equitable societies. It is perhaps an ironic lesson from a pandemic that enforces isolation, but cohesion, coalition, and cooperation is the only answer. As the Japanese poet, Satoro, observed: Individually we are one drop. Together we are an Ocean.
With this in mind, I am ending the year both grateful and optimistic – two of IBP's core values. Grateful for the powerful and courageous efforts of our colleagues, partners and allies. And optimistic that our collective efforts will continue to build vibrant and inclusive democracies that deliver dignity and justice for all.
From all of us at IBP: Switch off your digital feed. Take some time to rest. We need all of us at full strength next year.