The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is having significant repercussions on civil society organisations and the people they support. As the coronavirus continues to spread, we are supporting our members and partners to stay informed, adapt their programmes and keep their organisations safe. We are extremely concerned about the impact of the outbreak, both in terms of everyone’s well-being and the ripple effect on our sector more broadly. We will continue monitoring the situation closely, clarifying key issues, and updating this page as the crisis unfolds and more information becomes available.

In these challenging and uncertain times, we thank our members for sending us information and updates, which help us to stay informed and represent the needs and interests of European civil society working in international development in the best way that we can. We express our solidarity with all of you and hope that you are finding new ways to stay connected and resilient. We wish you strength and good health. 

Impacts on our sector 

We are shaping EU plans for recovery:

We are sharing knowledge on the transformations we want to see in society and in our sector. Our Director contributed a thought piece for ICVA’s latest publication on the importance of civil society coming together to stimulate critical thinking, offer solutions, foster active citizenship and call for a transformation of our political, economic and financial systems.

We are closely monitoring the impact of the coronavirus on EU policy cycles and advocacy activities in the field of EU’s international partnership work. We have compiled a list of adopted special measures for EU official meetings and voting procedures with an analysis of how these may impact international development and Agenda 2030, as well as the involvement and consultation of civil society organisations. 

We are connecting with the media to provide our expertise:

We are collecting external analysis and sharing knowledge on the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak on the international development community:

Support for our members

We are holding webinars on a range of COVID-19 related topics to discuss arising needs and concerns of members, share information and resources, and coordinate responses to the crisis: 

      • Webinar on measures for national CSOs
      • Webinar on the impact of the coronavirus on inequalities
      • Webinar for communications professionals in our membership on coordinating responses and campaigns

We are calling on DEVCO and NEAR to exercise flexibility and understanding as the COVID-19 outbreak will necessitate reprioritisation and adjustments in programming and outreach activities by civil society organisations.

      • We welcomed the specific guidance and flexibility received from DG ECHO regarding current projects and proposals. We have been in touch with DEVCO and NEAR about the need for timely guidance and a consistent approach across EU contracting authorities in dealing with project development and grant implementation. Having received a first response from the European Commission, we are now working to clarify some outstanding issues of concern.

Resources from our members 

 

International Planned Parenthood Federation:

Oxfam EU:

CARE International:

CONCORD Sweden:

World Vision:

ADRA EU:

VENRO:

Women Engage for a Common Future:

Plan International:

Advice on teleworking

Advice on wellbeing and safety