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The Global Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons in Compassion, Innovation and Resilience

Feb 1, 2021

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.