28 March 2021
UNCT Belarus’ COVID-19 Socioeconomic Response Plan (SERP): Achievements and Plans
The COVID-19 Socioeconomic Response Plan (SERP) is the UN country team (UNCT) in Belarus’ comprehensive offer seeking to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic from short, medium- and long-term perspectives. The UN response sets the goal of building-back better for socially inclusive and sustainable recovery. The UNCT Belarus SERP addresses short-term social and economic challenges as well as the longer-term COVID-19 implications for Belarus. It builds on the UNCT strategic priorities of protecting vulnerable groups, ensuring a sustainable green and inclusive transition, and a digital future bolstered by social innovation. It covers the five pillars of the global UN response, while adhering closely to the principles of environmental sustainability, gender equality and human rights approaches with the goal of building-better after the recovery. The SERP showcases the UNCT’s value proposition, covering deliverables that include data monitoring and evaluation, financing of equipment and supplies, other in-kind assistance, capacity building, financial aid, advocacy and training, amongst other types of intervention. Many of the activities are already being rolled out, starting with in-depth impact assessments of COVID-19 on vulnerable groups (e.g. unemployed, informal workers, migrant workers, refugees, older population, persons with disabilities, women, families with children, children with disabilities) and on small and medium enterprises (SMEs).