Though on the frontline of the COVID-19 response and more attuned to the shifting needs of vulnerable communities than any other sector, civil society has been an afterthought in the official response around the world: sidelined as a potential strategic partner and overlooked as being in desperate need of support to survive.
This striking lack of recognition has exposed three fundamental needs that we as a global community have to meet in the future, and that will be explored in this report:
- The need to champion emergency solutions that are global in scale, nuanced by local, regional and national need and that leverage, rather than sideline, civil society organisations (CSOs)
- The need for collective advocacy of civil society and the invaluable role it plays in strengthening wider society
- The need to facilitate the giving that will support future civil society and enable us to emerge as a more united, responsive and compassionate world.