Social Impact Assessment of COVID-19 in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The purpose of this assessment is to gain a better understanding of the needs and changing vulnerabilities of people and the changes to societal structures that have arisen from the COVID-19 crisis.

The first part of the report presents a household survey and in-depth interview results centred on people’s wellbeing, needs and emerging vulnerabilities, coping mechanisms and the power dynamics in households. The household survey was conducted from 9 to 27 July 2020 on a representative sample of 2,182 households across the country, with the sampling frame precisely aligned to ensure equal entity, regional, rural-urban distribution as well as gender and age representation. 

The second part of the publication offers an analysis with a gender-responsive rights based approach to guide policy dialogue, policymaking and decision-making. This section is structured in accordance with the five pillars of the United Nations Socioeconomic Framework: pillar 1, Health First; pillar 2, Protecting People; pillar 3, Economic Response and Recovery; pillar 4, Macroeconomic Response and Multilateral Collaboration and pillar 5, Social Cohesion and Community Resilience.

The second part of the report draws from the analysis of the findings of the household survey juxtaposed with the measures taken in the social area and the take-aways from the semi-structured interviews with the key domestic and international institutions driving the response to COVID-19. It is further informed by a critical reflection on the latest United Nations policy papers and a review of good practice emerging from around the world as well as other reference instruments prepared in order to guide policy and decision makers and practitioners on a people centred response to COVID-19.

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