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The Syrian Catastrophe: Socioeconomic Monitoring Report first quarterly report (January – march 2013)

This report is the first of five quarterly reports commissioned by UNRWA from the Syrian Centre for Policy Research (SCPR). These aim to provide an on-going assessment of the socioeconomic landscape in Syria during the current crisis by using available official updates and utilizing econometric models to estimate other key indicators.
The data sources in this report are mainly from the Central Bureau of Statistics, Planning and International Cooperation Commission, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Local Administration, Ministry of Social Affairs, the Central Bank of Syria and UN agencies. In addition, formal interviews were conducted with experts and key national informants. Financial programming is an integrated system of macroeconomic accounts that includes national accounts, balance of payments and fiscal and monetary accounts, which provide the information needed to assess the impact of the crisis on the Syrian economy and the options for policy adjustment. The report, in all its sections, calculates the growth rate of the first quarter GDP of 2013 through comparing it to the total GDP of 2012, since the GDP of the first quarter of 2012 is not available
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Assessment Date(s): 
01 Jan 2013 to 31 Mar 2013
Report completed
Population Type(s): 
All affected population
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
United Nations Development Programme
United Nations Refugee and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
Syrian Arab Republic