Uzbekistan’s Anti-Crisis Fund: Analysis of state procurement in 2020
Briefing | 29 November 2021
In March 2020, Uzbekistan established an Anti-Crisis Fund to help the state mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the economy. It allocates international loans and state money to ‘finance measures to combat the spread of coronavirus infection, to support entrepreneurship and ensure employment, to extend social assistance and ensure economic operation in the country’.
This briefing reviews data released by the Uzbek Ministry of Finance on how this Fund was spent from 1 April 2020 to 24 August 2020 to determine which lots are problematic or indicate a corruption risk. It finds that both healthcare and non-healthcare spending from the Anti-Crisis Fund demonstrate worrying procurement patterns that indicate there was a risk of corruption in the spending of these funds.