COVID-19


Socio-economic impact


The UN’s Framework for the Immediate Socio-Economic Response to the COVID 19 Crisis warns that “The COVID-19 pandemic is far more than a health crisis: it is affecting societies and econ­omies at their core. While the impact of the pandemic will vary from country to country, it will most likely increase poverty and inequalities at a global scale, making achievement of SDGs even more urgent.

The COVID-19 pandemic is far more than a health crisis: it is affecting societies and economies at their core. While the impact of the pandemic will vary from country to country socially and economically, it will most likely increase poverty and inequalities at a global scale, making achievement of SDGs even more urgent.

Assessing the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on societies, economies and vulnerable groups is fundamental to inform and tailor the responses of governments and partners to recover from the crisis and ensure that no one is left behind in this effort.

UNDP is taking the leadership to assess the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on economies and communities.

According to UNESCWA report, Arab youth unemployment rate has increased from 19.5 to 23% between 2012 and 2020. Unemployment rate among young Arab women is more than twice that of young men, reaching 42.1%. About 85.1% of young working-age in the Arab region work in the informal sector, with limited or no access to social and health insurance or credit facilities. The post-COVID-19 job market will demand a new set of skills, which may not be compatabile with the majority of the 1.5 million young people who enter the informal sector yearly. Young people who live in underprivileged areas are the most vulnerable to be left behind, and their prospects of receiving training are currently non-existent given the protracted shutdown.

Learn more about COVID19 Socio- economic impact assessments in the Arab region

 

Ahmad, Mohamed & Ali from Aleppo testing the portable aerosol applicator Photo Credits: UNDP Syria

 

Briefs and Reports

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Compounding Crises: Will COVID-19 and Lower Oil Prices Prompt a New Development Paradigm in the Arab Region?

This report offers a regional-level reference for discussion and analysis of the impacts of COVID-19 on development across the Arab States. It also suggests integrated and sectoral policy responses at the country and regional levels.

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Socio-Economic Impact Assessments & Response Plans in Arab States

An assessment on the Socio-Economic impact of COVID-19 in Algeria
An assessment on the Socio-Economic impact Impact of COVID-19 in Bahrain
The impact of COVID-19 on financial transactions and consumer behavior in Bahrain: an initial analysis
Presentation: National Solidarity Pact  (June 2020)
Impact of Covid-19 on the Iraqi Economy
Impact of the Oil Crisis and COVID-19 on Iraq’s Fragility
Impact of Social Cohesion in Iraq
Impact of COVID-19 on Environmental Sustainability in Iraq
Impact of COVID-19 on social protection in Iraq
 
  Report: Impact on Enterprises in Jordan (June 2020)
Report: Impact of COVID-19 on Households in Jordan (May 2020)
Report: COVID19 Intial Response: National Defense Law  (May 2020)
COVID19 Rapid Impact Assessment on Micro and Small Enterprises Beneficiaries  
A preliminary assessment of socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 on the economy of Kuwait
The effects of COVID-19 on mental health, food consumption and relationship dynamics in Kuwait (October 2020)
    Report: Impact of COVID 19 on vulnerable workers & small scale enterprises in Lebanon (June 2020)
Rapid Socio-Economic Impact Assessment
Rapid Socio-Economic Assessment in the Neighborhoods Affected by the Blast
The economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Morocco
Social& Economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on Morocco
Economic note on Gaza: crossings update and impact of COVID-19
    Report: COVID-19 Socio-Economic Impact Assessment for Sudan (May 2020)
The Potential of Sudanese Diaspora Remittances
  Report: Economic impact of COVID-19 in Tunisia (in French) (June 2020)
Presentation: The economic impact of COVID-19 in Tunisia (in French) (June 2020)
Blog: We must think differently in COVID-19 recovery (May 2020)
United Nations COVID-19 Socio-Economic Analysis for the United Arab Emirates
Socio-Economic impact of COVID-19 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and how to Build Back Better
Socio-economic impact of COVID-19 and measures taken in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)
Framework for the immediate socio-economic response to COVID-19  
Somalia COVID19 Socio-Economic Impact Assessment 2021
    A Strategic Framework for an Immediate Socio-Economic Response to COVID-19 in Yemen (2020 - 2021)
A Synthesis Report on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Yemen with Potential COVID-19 Impact Analysis
Report: Pottery Value Chain (July 2020)
Report: Food Industry
Solar Energy Systems Value Chain
Report: Handloom and textile value chain (June 2020)
Meat and Poultry value chain
COVID-19 Digital Socioeconomic Impact Assessment
Bee keeping value chain
Regional Study Compounding Crises: Will COVID-19 and Lower Oil Prices Prompt a New Development Paradigm in the Arab Region?
For a fuller list of SEIAs and SERPs, please check the COVID-19 data portal of the United Nations 

 

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