Socioeconomic Impact of COVID-19: Policy Briefs - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia


Socioeconomic Impact of COVID-19: Policy Briefs

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/2020/INF.1

Country: Arab region

Publication Type: Policy briefs

Cluster: 2030 Agenda and SDG Coordination, Climate Change and Natural Resource Sustainability, Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development, Governance and Conflict Prevention, Shared Economic Prosperity, Statistics, Information Society and Technology

Focus Area: 2030 Agenda, Financing for development, Resilient development & conflict prevention, Gender equality, Natural resource sustainability, Inclusive development, Statistics, Technology & innovation, Debt and fiscal policy

Initiatives: Integrated national financing frameworks, COVID-19 Stimulus Tracker

SDGs: Agenda 2030

Keywords: Arab countries, Covid-19, Economics, Food security, Foreign direct investment, Gender equality, Poverty, Water, Youth

Socioeconomic Impact of COVID-19: Policy Briefs

March 2022

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 Arab region

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

Special-Drawing Rights and Arab Countries: Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond

Rising wealth inequality in the Arab region amid COVID-19

COVID-19 policy responses in the Arab region: limited fiscal space and lack of effective social protection systems

COVID-19 policy responses in the Arab region: limited fiscal space and lack of effective social protection systems


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