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Socioeconomic Impact of COVID-19: Policy Briefs

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 A decade marked for accelerated action and delivery towards sustainable development has been disrupted by a global health threat that has severely impacted the Arab region. The focus now is on urgent action to save lives and repair livelihoods. This crisis is a stark reminder of why an efficient and effective public sector is the first line of defence in addressing systemic risks. This perilous pandemic is spreading through the Arab region at a time when economies are already battered by conflict and mounting fiscal pressures. To mitigate the mounting threat of COVID-19, people across the region must work together to limit transmissions and fatalities by thinking of and protecting others, especially the most vulnerable. The virus knows no borders, and has severely affected the lives and livelihoods of people from all social and economic backgrounds. This regional emergency response is not about bailing out countries, industries or financial institutions – it is about saving thousands of lives. Human welfare and social solidarity must be at the core of any recovery initiative to eradicate this contagion, and allow Governments to resume their efforts towards a secure, just and prosperous world for all.


Executive Secretary of ESCWA calls on Arab Governments to establish a regional social solidarity fund


The Impact of COVID-19 on the Arab Region An Opportunity to Build Back Better


Tracking COVID-19 Policy Responses of Arab States and the World


COVID-19 economic cost to the Arab region



COVID-19 impact on poverty and food security 


COVID-19 impact on gender equality

COVID-19 impact on the water-scarce

COVID-19 impact on Arab economies trade and foreign direct investment


  Effect of COVID-19 on price  and expenditure statistics 

Impact of COVID-19 on Arab Financial Systems

Impact of COVID-19 on Young People in the Arab Region

A Solidarity Tax to Address the Impact of COVID-19 on Poverty in the Arab Region

Impact of COVID-19 on Older Persons in the Arab Region

Limited fiscal space puts the Arab region recovery from COVID-19 at risk

Poverty in Lebanon: Solidarity is vital to address the impact of multiple overlapping shocks

Is Food Security in Lebanon under Threat?

Impact of COVID-19 on Transport in the Arab region

Lebanon's Formal Private Sector: the bitter reality of 2020