Socio-economic impact assessment
Two surveys were conducted, covering 974 owners of MSMEs and 1,022 households. The surveys took place between 20 May and 3 June 2020 addressing such issues as impact on businesses, employment, living conditions, and livelihoods. Both surveys had national coverage: the sampling for households was based on a random stratified sample, while the sampling of businesses was done by snowballing with soft quotas (types of businesses, ownership and type of registration). The analysis was led jointly by UNDP, UN Women and FAO.
- COVID-19 response actions should focus first on vulnerable groups such as women, older persons, and people living with chronic health conditions and disabilities.
- Create fiscal space through strategic efforts related to international financing, progressive taxes, increased government efficiency and transparency, and anti-corruption.
- Maintain essential services and treat COVID-19 at the primary health care level as much as possible.
- Scale up spending on health and continue reforms to the public health system.
- Make remote learning available to all students and train teachers in online learning tools.
- Promote a sustainable, inclusive “green” recovery and remove remaining direct and indirect fossil fuel subsidies.
Early UNDP actions in response to COVID-19 in Ukraine
Together with the Government, UNDP set up Crisis Coordination Management Units under the Prime-Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with technical coordination by the Vice-Prime-Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration.
UNDP launched a campaign to encourage solidarity and kindness during the coronavirus pandemic, and a joint initiative with the independent internet publication platfor.ma to help young women and men aged 14 to 22 to cope with self-isolation, social distancing and quarantine restrictions while staying at home, via the monthly Instagram challenge #bemyquarantine_UA.
UNDP organized a hackathon called the #HackCorona Challenge in partnership with the Ministry of Digital Transformation to identify the best tech-based solutions for mitigating and addressing the challenges caused by COVID-19.
UNDP helped launch online stores selling products for a number of businesses from conflict-affected eastern Ukraine
Supported a Chatbot developed in partnership with the Ukraine Chamber of Commerce to automatically respond to user queries about ways for MSMEs to mitigate negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This chatbot can also produce pre-filled force majeure certificates and forms to present to landlords and banks.