American University of Beirut

​​​​​​The Impact of COVID-19 on progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)



    CRPH is leading one of the four papers from a series on the multi-dimensional impact of COVID-19 on human development and capabilities in the Arab region. Our paper examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the public health measures put in place to contain its spread, on progress towards achieving the SDGs in the Arab region. It focuses on SDGs that are directly reflective of human capabilities; poverty, health, education, food insecurity, and inequalities, and uses country case-studies to illustrate documented or theorised impact depending on data availability. It builds on available global and regional evidence on policy measures to derive equity-focused policy recommendations to accelerate progress towards the SDGs post-COVID-19 in the Arab region. 




    • Dr. Hala Ghattas (PI of paper 2)
    • Dr. Stephen McCall (Co-I)
    • Dr. Nisreen Salti (Co-I)​​

    Research Team​​​​

    • Ms. Nadine Mezher
    • Ms. Thurayya Zreik​​​




    • Research Paper 1 titled “Multi-sectorial policies and programs responding to COVID-19 in the Arab States" will be led by Dr. Fadi El-Jardali
    • Research Paper 3 titled “Gender analysis of response to and implications of COVID-19 in the Arab States" will be led by Dr. Jocelyn DeJong
    • Research paper 4 titled “Overlapping Fragilities: The Impact of COVID-19 on Refugees and IDPs in Conflict-Affected Countries" will be led by Dr. Nasser Yassin​

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