UNDP, as part of the CPRP, co-lead the socio-economic response. UNDP launched a sub-national 'Rapid Socio-Economic Response’ (RASER) initiative to support micro and small enterprises – including women entrepreneurs manufacturing personal protective equipment – and catalyze effective emergency cash transfer measures with the aim of providing immediate income relief to vulnerable populations, and severely impacted households (including women-headed households), technical support and seed funding for the government in the design and roll-out of COVID-19-sensitive social protection and livelihood instruments.
The overall objective of this initiative is to contribute to address the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable populations and affected businesses in Iran, through the introduction of an innovative (Building Forward Better), rapidly scalable response and recovery measures.
The initiative is being implemented in three provinces of Hormozgan, Lorestan, and Tehran.
- Alternative income-generating opportunities for vulnerable populations and affected businesses, including women-headed households, are catalyzed through the adoption of innovative supply and demand-side measures based on improving the value chain of the comparative advantages.
- A newly-designed and better targeted social protection scheme is tested, contributing to increase in the resilience of vulnerable households, including women-headed households, against the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and future, post-COVID-19, shocks.