Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in Armenian communities
16 September 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is far more than a health crisis, it is also a humanitarian and development crisis that
threatens to leave deep social and economic scars in the years to come, particularly for the most vulnerable and
marginalized groups in society. The pandemic has moved like a wave, affecting the systems and peoples across
the globe least able to cope. Armenia has been no exception, requiring urgent actions from Government, civil
society, businesses and the international community to cope with the unfolding crisis beyond the health sector, to
mitigate the potentially devastating impact it may have on the economy, social service provision and communities.
Assessing the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis is nonetheless fundamental to tailor responses
that are integrated, evidence-based, risk-informed and address current as well as emerging vulnerabilities and
inequalities. To this end, under the overall leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator, the UN Country Team,
with UNDP’s lead, conducted a rapid Social and Economic Impact Assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in
Armenian communities between May and July 2020. We hope that the findings and suggested recommendations
presented herein will help the Government of Armenia, development partners, IFIs, the private sector, civil
society organizations and other stakeholders to design and carry out evidence-based, risk-informed and gender-responsive recovery initiatives both at national and local levels.