Support to the National Response to contain the impact of COVID-19

Situational Analysis

The Government of Mongolia took early action in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 in China.  In late January, the Government imposed stringent measures including closing schools and restricting public meetings, movements and also banning of all international flights, road and rail passenger traffic. To date 141 persons have been tested positive for COVID-19, all of whom are imported cases of which thirty three have recovered.  There is no community transmission to date*.  Many of restrictions are still valid and expected to stay in place for an extended period.  Schools will be closed until 1 September 2020.

Though the virus is not widespread in the Mongolia, the extensive prevention measures are resulting in significant economic and social impact, especially on vulnerable groups. On a brief released by ADB on 6th March 2020, on the economic impact on Asia of COVID-19, Mongolia is listed as the 6th economy in the region that will most likely be affected in a moderate case scenario, followed by China. On 3 April, ADB Mongolia introduced a new estimation of Mongolia’s 2020 economic growth and anticipated a reduction of 2.1% from initial projection of 6%. In case the COVID situation continues to the second half of the year, the country’s economy is projected to further shrink.

*As of 25 May 2020, click here



UNDP Resident Representative in Mongolia Elaine Conkievich meets Minister of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry on COVID-19 socio-economic assessments and potential support to disrupted value chains 👉 details here

Government response & action

Areas of intervention


Socio- Economic Impact and Needs Assessment

A Socio-economic impact study was rolled out jointly with government and in close collaboration with UNCT. It assesses the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on poor and vulnerable groups, looking at the situation of women and youth in particular, to inform targeted service measures by the government to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 preventive measures.


Inclusive and Integrated Crisis Management and Response

UNDP is assisting the response and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic based on build back better principles.

  UNDP Rapid Response Funding has been mobilized to assist in establishing a recovery coordination mechanism that will work towards developing and implementing a comprehensive national recovery strategy for socio-economic aspects. 

UNDP also received TRAC 2 funding to support disrupted value chains with a focus on the cashmere and dairy sectors


Health Systems' and Procurement Support

In line with UNDP’s global experience in providing procurement support services to countries, UNDP Mongolia has offered to the Government of Mongolia and IFIs in country to facilitate procurement of health related items through our corporate procurement systems, which can bring efficiency and cost-effectiveness to procurements in the health sector needed for COVID-19.


Areas of Intervention

Resources Available to UNDP for response and recovery

Socio-economic needs assessment and response


USD $ 50,000

Inclusive and integrated crisis management and response


USD  $ 312,600

Health System Support



USD $ 362,600

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