The Socio-Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Post-Disaster Areas

Rapid Assessment in West Nusa Tenggara and Central Sulawesi

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Highlights

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the lives of vulnerable people. In post disaster areas in Indonesia, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives of vulnerable people must be further understood in order to counteract the impacts of recession. The earthquakes in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) and Central Sulawesi in 2018, triggered a range of natural disasters, creating loss of life, loss of livelihood, shelter and significant economic loss for more than 1.8 million people. Amongst these, children were severely impacted having to cope with the trauma of the natural disasters, resulting in the loss of life and disturbance to their every-day lives.

In mid-2020, UNICEF, UNDP and the SMERU Research Institute partnered to conduct a rapid assessment on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on these post-disaster zones and the impact on vulnerable households. This study aimed to uncover the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on key areas of life of the communities in these areas that includes: impact on income, access to education and services, wellbeing and means of coping with economic loss, among others. With support and funding from the United Nations COVID-19 Response and Recover Multi-Partner Trust Fund, this study was able to be conducted in the most affected areas in West Nusa Tenggara and Central Sulawesi.

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UNICEF, UNDP and the SMERU Research Institute
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