Social Impacts of COVID-19 in Bosnia and Herzegovina


Social Impacts of COVID-19 in Bosnia and Herzegovina


This publication comes at a time when Bosnia and Herzegovina is experiencing the peak of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the second household survey by UNDP and UNICEF focused on assessing the social impact of COVID-19 and is intended to bring comprehensive evidence on how the crisis has affected individuals and families and to help inform future responses within the social and economic realms. The report confirms that systems and institutions have been weakened, while the data shows a correlation between the worsened financial situation in households and the negative consequences for families and children in relation to nutrition, the escalation of violence and the effect on mental health. The closure of schools and the transfer to online education has further contributed to inequality and placed a greater burden on both working parents and teachers. In terms of the care economy, women were found to be disproportionately affected by the year-long pandemic as they faced a significant increase in care work and household chores. Years of underfunded social safety nets and continued unsecure employment have left vulnerable members of the population with few if any resources to fall back on in an emergency with greater exposure to debt and deprivation. To make up for the loss of resilience in both the public and private spheres it is necessary to invest in systematic and robust social protection, social safety nets and public service providers and to strive for universal child and family grants. The resilience of institutions can be improved by the rollout of digital public services that would support the administrative capacity and enable contactless access to services. This, like the data presented in this report suggest, would contribute to a better quality of life. In the face of rapidly changing conditions and future uncertainty, UNDP and UNICEF commit to support building back better, building a resilient system and facilitating dialogue with all partners in the social sphere until full recovery has been achieved.

Social Impacts of COVID-19 in Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Bosnian, English