Rapid Assessment of the Social and Poverty Impacts of the Economic Crisis in Romania
The rapid assessment of the impacts of the 2008-09 economic downturn in Romania was initiated and supported by UNICEF in collaboration with the Social Development Department (SDV) of the World Bank. The research started in June 2009 and continued with other three rounds in November 2009, May 2010, and December 2010. This exercise has been designed as a panel study based on qualitative research techniques (focus group discussions and interviews) for gathering information that illustrate the diversity of crisis impacts within households and communities while supplementing the available quantitative data on the impacts of the crisis. All four rounds of the rapid assessment have been focused on the same channels through which the impacts of the crisis are more likely to be transmitted including: the contraction in demand for labour in both formal and informal sectors of the economy; a cessation, reduction or growing unpredictability in the flow of remittances from family members working overseas (largely in Spain and Italy), and the particular impact of the crisis on children and their school participation. All fpur research rounds have followed the same methodology.