The Government of Mongolia took early action in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 in China. In late January 2020, the Government imposed stringent measures including closing schools and restricting public meetings, movements and banning of all international flights, road and rail passenger traffic. As of 12 Jan 2021, 1,456 persons have been tested positive for COVID-19, all of whom are imported cases of which 909 have recovered.
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. Asian Development Outlook 2020 introduced a new estimation of Mongolia’s economic growth in 2020 and anticipated a reduction of -2.6% from initial projection of 6%. ADB estimates economic growth to recover in 2021 as regional economies rebound resulting in economic growth projection in 2021 to be at 5,1%.
* As of 04 November, 2020
UNDP Mongolia's COVID response
UNDP in Mongolia is supporting COVID-19 Response and Recovery in Mongolia within the areas of governance and livelihoods to support the Government of Mongolia in implementing targeted protection measures for vulnerable groups and disrupted value chains.
UNDP has conducted a 'Rapid Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of COVID-19 on Vulnerable Groups and Value Chains in Mongolia' in consultation with with Government partners and UN Agencies. The purpose of the assessment was to generate information on the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on poor and vulnerable groups, with a particular focus on the situation of women and youth. The outcomes of the assessment are expected to support the Government of Mongolia in conducting targeted impact mitigation measures to increase community resilience and build back better.
Download a brochure on the assessment results here.
UNDP has also mobilized Rapid Response Facility funding to assist the Government in its response and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic based on build back better principles. Within this framework, a recovery coordination mechanism that will work towards developing and implementing a comprehensive national recovery strategy for socio-economic aspects will be established. An additional initiative will be implemented to support dairy and cashmere value chains respond and recover from the economic constraints caused by COVID-19 prevention measures, as women and herders, identified as vulnerable groups in Mongolia, prominently work in these fields.
COVID-19 mitigation activities by UNDP will be implemented in partnership with international organizations, donors and the government..
Click to 'Supporting an Inclusive and Multi-Sectoral Response to COVID-19 and Addressing its Socio-Economic Impact' project page.