The Social Policy Research Institute (SPRI Global) is currently supporting UNICEF Liberia in an assessment of the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and women in Liberia. The assessment relies on both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods.
The assessment will determine the impact of COVID-19 on essential health and non-health social services and systems during the crisis; social protection and essential services; job security; informal sector workers; and social cohesion and community resilience. The assessment will primarily focus on the socio-economic impact at the household level.
This assessment and the recommended courses of action should provide decision-makers with critical evidence, including on:
- The magnitude of the country-specific vulnerability of children (girls and boys), women and vulnerable groups to the primary and secondary effects of COVID-19
- The socio-economic and demographic determinants and drivers of the magnitude of effects/impacts of COVID 19 on children (girls and boys), women and vulnerable groups
- The positive and negative short-term and longer-term effects of government policy and programmatic interventions, such as lockdowns and school closures, to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on children, women and their families
- The inequities in primary and secondary COVID-19 impacts on children, women and their families (identification of the most vulnerable groups of children to these effects)
- Recommendations on appropriate governmental interventions and how to operationalise them into planning, budgeting and monitoring.
- Best practice financial strategies and approaches to mitigate COVID-19 impacts on children, women and vulnerable groups in Liberia.