Assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the socio-economic situation in Uzbekistan: Income, labour market and access to social protection. Overview of crisis measures and ways to improve state policy

This report was prepared by the joint team from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and national consultants from Republic of Uzbekistan.

The study was conducted within the framework of the United Nations Joint Programme on Strengthening Social Protection in Uzbekistan. The UN Joint Programme, sponsored by Joint SDG Fund and implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) jointly with the Government of Uzbekistan, aims to support the Government in building and delivering a high-quality social protection system that offers all citizens of Uzbekistan – in particular those at risk of being left behind – income security and social support throughout their lives.

The purpose of this report is to assess the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on Uzbekistan’s social and economic condition and on that basis to arrive at recommendations for additional governmental support focused on employment and the labour market.