Rondeli Foundation: Georgian govt’s anti-crisis programme targeted most vulnerable segments of society ‘with fair degree of accuracy’, 24 Dec 2020 - 18:45, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (Rondeli Foundation) conducted a study titled ‘Impact of Anti-pandemic Restrictions and Government Anti-crisis Measures on Employment, Incomes and the Poverty Level in Georgia’ during the Covid-19 pandemic and has now released its report. 

The study shows that the Georgian government’s anti-crisis programme during the pandemic targeted with a ‘fairly high degree of accuracy the most vulnerable segments of society, ensuring that the level of income was maintained and slowing a dramatic increase in poverty’.

The study reads that the anti-crisis measures have substantially slowed down declining income and the growth of poverty in Georgia.

Without the anti-crisis measures, the unemployment rate could have risen by 20 per cent, income would have fallen by an average of 8.7 per cent, and the poverty rate would have risen by 4.4 per cent in the country”, reads the study.

The study also reads that without the government’s anti-crisis measures, the extreme poverty rate would have been very high and reached 27.7 per cent in the third quarter, while it would have dropped significantly to 18.4 per cent as a result of the government’s support.

The increase in poverty level would have been the most dramatic in the second quarter. It might have reached the 30.5 per cent mark while the increase would have been significant (O.1 of a percentage point) with state support.

It is also mentioned in the study that the government should take long-term measures, one part of which has already been implemented, the other has been announced and the third is being developed along with the current wave of the crisis.

The study was implemented by the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (Rondeli Foundation) with the support of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES).

See the full study here.