Call to civil society organisations in Africa – Participate in the African CSO COVID-19 Survey

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll on the African continent. While Africa still accounts for relatively few deaths from the disease, the numbers are rising. COVID-19 has disrupted and destabilised the global economy, and its impact is felt throughout Africa. While most countries scramble to contain the pandemic, the social and economic effects on vulnerable communities continue to mount.

COVID-19 will also have long-lasting implications for African civil society organisations (CSOs). There can’t be any effective response to COVID-19 in Africa without the involvement of CSOs. However, at a time when their response is more critical than ever before, they are also confronted with the negative impact of the pandemic on their operations and sustainability.

To better understand this situation, @AfricanNGOs and EPIC-Africa are implementing a Pan-African survey that aims to assess and document the specific impact of COVID-19 on African CSOs.

This survey is a follow-up to a Twitter conversation that EPIC-Africa and partners hosted on 2 April 2020. The event provided a platform for African CSOs to discuss how COVID-19 affects their operations, how to respond to the crisis, and how to keep their organisations stable and focused.

Given the feedback generated during this conversation and the ongoing impact of COVID-19 across Africa, the survey results will contribute to a deeper understanding of how the pandemic is disrupting the work of African CSOs, and also highlight their response in this regard. Thinking ahead, the critical lessons learned from this feedback will assist African CSOs to better prepare for any future emergencies.

If you are involved in an African CSO, I encourage you to reflect on the current and expected future implications of COVID-19 for your organisation, complete the survey, and also encourage other CSOs in your networks to participate.

To complete the survey, click here (English) or here (French).

The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, 15 May 2020.

It will take you no more than 15-20 minutes to answer all the questions. Participating organisations should only complete the survey once.

All respondents will receive a report on the survey findings.

You are welcome to contact me (barnard.davidb@gmail.com) if you need any assistance with the survey.

Thank you in advance for your support. We appreciate your input!

David Barnard is a development consultant with extensive experience in NGO, philanthropy and ICT issues in Africa. He also moderates @AfricanNGOs

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