108 Million People In The World Face Severe Food Insecurity – Situation Worsening

New global report on food crises offers benchmark for action needed to avoid disasters

BRUSSELS – Despite international efforts to address food insecurity, around 108 million people in the world were severely food insecure in 2016, a dramatic increase compared with 80 million in 2015, according to a new global report on food crises released in Brussels today.

The report, whose compilation required integrating several measurement methodologies, represents a new and politically innovative collaboration between the European Union and USAID/FEWSNET, regional food security institutions together with UN agencies including the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Food Programme and Unicef.

The dramatic increase reflects the trouble people have in producing and accessing food due to  conflict, record-high food prices in local markets in affected countries and extreme weather conditions such drought and erratic rainfall caused by El Niño.

Civil conflict is the driving factor in nine of the 10 worst humanitarian crises, underscoring the strong linkage between peace and food security, says the Global Report on Food Crises 2017 report.

By joining forces to deliver neutral analytical insights drawn from multiple institutions, the report – to be issued annually – enables better-informed planning decisions to respond to food crises in a more timely, global and coordinated way.

“This report highlights the critical need for prompt and targeted action to effectively respond to the food crises and to address their root causes. The EU has taken leadership in this response. In 2016, we allocated €550 million already, followed by another €165 million that we have just mobilized to assist the people affected by famine and drought in the Horn of Africa,” said Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development.

“The report is the outcome of a joint effort and a concrete follow-up to the commitments the EU made at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, which identified the urgent need for transparent, independent but consensus-based analysis of crises. I hope this document will be a strong tool for the whole international community to improve the coordination of our responses to crises,” added Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.

Most critical situations are worsening

This year, the demand for humanitarian and resilience building assistance will further escalate as four countries are at risk of famine: South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and northeast Nigeria. Other countries that require massive levels of assistance because of widespread food insecurity are Iraq, Syria (including refugees in neighbouring countries) Malawi and |Zimbabwe. In the absence of immediate and substantive action not only to save people’s lives, but also to pull them back from the brink of famine, the food security situation in these countries will continue to worsen in coming months, according to the new report.

“The cost in human and resource terms only increases if we let situations deteriorate,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. “We can prevent people dying from famine but if we do not scale up our efforts to save, protect and invest in rural livelihoods, tens of millions will remain severely food insecure.”

“The numbers tell a deeply worrying story with more than 100 million people severely food-insecure, a level of suffering which is driven by conflict and climate change. Hunger exacerbates crisis, creating ever greater instability and insecurity. What is a food security challenge today becomes tomorrow’s security challenge,” said Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme. “It is a race against time – the world must act now to save the lives and livelihoods of the millions at the brink of starvation.”

The 108 million people reported to be facing severe food insecurity in 2016 represent those suffering from higher-than-usual acute malnutrition and a broad lack of minimally adequate food even with external assistance. This includes households that can cope with their minimum food needs only by depleting seeds, livestock and agricultural assets needed to produce food in the future. Without robust and sustained action, people struggling with severe food insecurity risk slipping into an even worse situation and eventual starvation.

Read the new report:

Global Report on Food Crises 2017

Related links:

FAO: Global Information and Early Warning System

WFP: Vulnerability Analysis and Mappinghttp://vam.wfp.org/

Integrated Food Security Phase Classification

Food Security Information Network

Partners:

European Commission International Cooperation and Development

USAID/FEWSNET

Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS)

Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)

Central American Integration System (SICA)

Food and Agriculture Organization

World Food Programme

UNICEF

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WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Bettina Luescher, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. + 41-79-842-8057
Steve Taravella, WFP/Washington DC, Tel. +1 202 653 1149, Mob. +1 202 770 5993
Gerald Bourke, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646 525 9982

The Three Waves of Hunger: The Devastating Ripple Effects of COVID-19

Portrait of Saulina Antonio Sumbane, who participates in a Food for Assets project in Magude, Maputo Province, Mozambique. Women farmers plant drought-resistant cassava and sweet potato seeds as part of a seed multiplication project to help build their resilience to climate change.

How will COVID-19 have such a large impact on hunger? Chase Sova, WFP USA senior director of public policy and research, explains its threats and affects in three waves. The first wave of COVID-19 brought the developed world to its knees. The second wave will impact the world’s poorest and hungriest populations. The third wave will show us just how much we need one another.

The First Wave

For many Americans, the Coronavirus pandemic represents the first time that something we have long taken for granted feels tenuous: our own food security. What started as a rush for non-perishable foods turned into empty shelves and lines at grocery stores. And since then, the effects of COVID-19 on our domestic food system have only grown, threatening to become not just a problem of demand, but also one of supply.

Empty grocery stores shelves in New York.

Growers, processors and distributors for commercial food supply chains (think: restaurants, hotels and schools) have been retooling their offerings for retail markets. In the meantime, we’ve seen images of milk being dumped and vegetables plowed into the earth, their markets disappearing. As food processors become sick and work visas harder to come by, it’s become clear that our domestic food system is increasingly at risk.

These events are frightening to many Americans, for good reason. But they are happening in one of the most advanced economies on the planet. Although not without pain and considerable economic hardship for some, our food sector has proven largely resilient to these shocks and capable of meeting consumer demand. Combined with an expansion of government safety nets, the U.S. is poised to protect the food security of its people.

Many around the world are not so lucky. This week, we learned about the staggering global food security impact COVID-19 will likely cause: Over a quarter of a billion people around the world may face extreme hunger by year end. That is, COVID-19 may very well double the number of people facing crisis levels of food security worldwide, a number that had already climbed to 135 million at the start of this year.Photo: WFP/Reem Nada

A little girl suffering from malnutrition in Yemen, a country facing famine.

Most strikingly, in a time when we’ve all but considered famine a thing of the past, the virus may push as many as 36 countries into that terrible fate in the worst-case scenario, according to remarks made by WFP Executive Director David Beasley to the United Nations Security Council.

Since the outbreak, we’ve talked about the risk of this global health crisis becoming a food security crisis. The new Global Report on Food Crises and other statements from WFP confirm that this is already happening, and underscore that food must at be at the forefront of the global COVID-19 response. Without it, the health and wellbeing of tens of millions of people—and their countries—will be severely compromised, with predictable downstream impacts on global stability.

The Second Wave

So far, the effects of COVID-19 have been largely felt in the world’s most advanced economies. These places have sophisticated health care infrastructure and the ability to scale-up food-based safety net systems to prevent vulnerable people from falling through the cracks. This is not the case in many places where the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) works. Already, 49 of 54 countries on the African continent have confirmed cases of the virus.People wait for food in MozambiquePhoto: WFP/Rafael Campos

People wait for food in Mozambique.

The second wave of COVID-19 will be more deadly and unfair than the first. What has been true of the crisis domestically will be true of COVID-19 internationally: the people who are already the least able to cope will be most exposed.

Projections for global GDP in the face of COVID-19 have gone from being scaled back to reversed entirely, with the IMF reporting an expected contraction of the global economy by three percent, on par with the Great Depression of nearly a century ago. Developing countries will see a slowdown in the export of raw materials and currency fluctuations, and oil exporters like Nigeria, Angola and Chad will see a major drop in income from trade. We’ve long known that economic slowdowns produce poverty and poverty produces hunger; this will prove no exception to that rule.Photo: WFP/Gabriela Vivacqua

An elderly woman seeks shelter at a refugee camp in Uganda, after fleeing violence in South Sudan.

Already high levels of malnourishment, minimal coverage of food-based safety nets, and pervasive poverty are all reason for concern about the impact of COVID-19 in low-income countries. But there are still other aspects of this crisis in the developing world that will further increase the likelihood of it causing severe food insecurity.

WFP is frequently mobilized to respond separately to a supply shock (e.g., drought) or a demand shock (e.g., recession). Only in the most severe circumstances, like prolonged conflict and COVID-19, is the food system hit from both ends – and this almost never happens on a global scale. In the case of COVID-19, out-of-work urban populations (demand side) in low- and middle-income countries will be hit just as hard as small-scale farmers (supply side) unable to labor in their fields (when a small-scale farmer gets sick, no one is going to step in and manage the farm). Both will experience a loss of income and will be at the mercy of shaky food supply chains.

Only 20 percent of food supply chains in Africa and South Asia operate like they do in the U.S., with commercial farmers providing food through sophisticated channels destined for modern supermarkets. Instead, food is provided by small-scale farmers moving food through informal markets, relying on a complex network of small businesses. Food production in this system tends to be labor intensive and even subsistence-oriented, the type highly vulnerable to labor shortages from sick farmers, movement restrictions and other economic lockdowns designed to stop the spread of disease.Photo: WFP/Jorge Diaz

WFP mobilizing resources for coronavirus response in Afghanistan

Many of the places around the world experiencing the highest levels of food insecurity are also countries that rely most heavily on food imports. Globally, we produce billions of tons of food each year, more than enough to meet calorie needs of every man, woman and child on the planet. Yet we rely heavily on complex systems of global trade to move food from the highly concentrated places it is grown to places where it is demanded.Photo: WFP/Guido Dingemans

A small-scale farmer in Mozambique. Farmers like her are particularly at risk of hunger from COVID-19.

This is a surprisingly fragile system, with failures affecting land-locked countries especially strongly. Protectionist policies like food export restrictions have been put in place in 17 countries so far in response to COVID-19 affecting over four percent of grains worldwide. In a time of abundance, policies like these only serve to exacerbate hunger in both the countries imposing bans and those affected by them.

The good news is that this does not need to be another 2007/8 global food-price crisis. Global food stocks are sufficient to meet demand and projections for critical harvests are strong. But governments must make conscious efforts to keep their agricultural and food trading systems free and open; the laws of supply and demand aren’t bothered by human suffering, even if we are. If they do that, the  global food crisis we’ll experience this year will be driven by a loss of incomes alone, not also by price spikes in critical commodities.Photo: WFP/Badre Bahaji

In Malawi, mothers wait to receive their monthly food assistance. They wash their hands before and after their visit.

The Third Wave

Conveniently, the launch of WFP’s Global Report on Food Crises coincides with the quarterly United Nations Security Council briefing on food insecurity and conflict. These two things are not unrelated. Conflict produces hunger and hunger produces conflict in a vicious feedback loop. A rapid rise in food prices during the 2007/8 global food price crisis led to civil unrest and riots in at least 40 countries and the toppling of at least one government.

We are already seeing examples of this playing out today in response to local food price spikes and shortages. What happens at the local level matters greatly as even a well-stocked global food supply won’t protect completely against local distortions and disruptions.Photo: WFP/Jessica Lawson

In Syria, women line up for WFP food using social distancing.

The third wave of coronavirus will show us that, in a globalized economy, we are only as strong as our weakest health care system and our weakest food system. There has been much talk about how a failure to address COVID-19 impacts in places like sub-Saharan Africa will all but ensure a resurgence of the virus in places like the U.S. in the months to come.

That’s true, but it is not a rebound of sickness alone that should worry us: it is the likely socio-economic and political fallout from COVID-19 in developing and fragile countries that keeps many observers up at night. Modern day crises do not respect borders. The virus will only serve to entrench conflicts we are already fighting, cement poverty we are already experiencing and lead to a greater global instability. Governments that are stretched to the limit and people with nothing to lose are both targets of groups seeking to sow the seeds of unrest.Photo: WFP/Jorge Diaz

A man has his temperature checked in Afghanistan, a country already mired by conflict.

And the destabilizing impact of the virus on world order will not be quick to pass. The losses caused by COVID-19 are likely to be intergenerational. Already, the virus has taken 1.6 billion children out of school, many of them losing access to critical school meals in the process.

WFP and other international organizations are sounding the alarm with regard to these and other COVID-19 impacts on the world’s most vulnerable people. Not since the Second World War has humanity needed to rise to such a momentous and tragic occasion. How we respond today will determine how long we will live with the consequences of this pandemic. As we mobilize that response, food must remain at the top of our agenda.

Famine in Africa

Many people ignore that there are more than 25 000 deaths every day because of starvation. Undernutrition is a core factor in the death of 3.1 million children under five every year.
The reasons:
There are many reasons that  explains the famine, but there are two main factors:
First the economic inaccessibility when the food is available, wich means that food is too expansive to be afforded in some scenarios.
The second reason is the physical or geographical inaccessibility,  such as when the food is not available because of the lack of water for example.
Two other reasons are judged important; indeed, we can’t ignore geopolitical problems with war and civil wars or State-sponsored famines, as well as the climat problems like droughts or floods which are generated by the imbalance between food production and large populations.
According to the latest estimates, the food security of 3 billion people would be threatened in 2100. Knowing that in 2003 the increase of  3.6°  of temperature  decreased the agricultural efficiencies on 30 % for the corn, 21% for the wheat and 25% for fruits.
Consequences of famine in East Africa:
The countries concerned are Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and neighboring countries. There are several diseases related to famine. Like Kwashiorkor or marasmus, wich is a slow destruction of the children human body: they stop growing up, they have a swollen belly, their teeths fall out, and they usually die slowly. Even if they survive, they still have sequelae like blindness.
But also, 500 000 African women die every year during the childbirth, because their bodies are too weakened and don’t resist. The lack of water and especially clean water in this area causes drought.
No later than last week, 3 millions of Kenyans needed emergency food aid. Indeed, the last two season have been marked by very low rainfall, leading to reduced harvests and rising food prices. Inflation peaked at 9% in February 2017, the highest in five years.
Solutions may be possible:
Fortunately there are some organizations against the famine in the world such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the world food program, action against hunger or “Médecins Sans Frontières”.
Thanks to them, food assistance and medical aid is provided to developing countries affected by endemic diseases because of famine. Many of the actions aim to end child malnutrition while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger.
Nevertheless all this actions seems to be insufficient because the problem is treated as an immediate manner , and not in a long-term view. The goal is to find a system, for a food self-sufficiency and access to a quality food.
All the same, solutions for theses problems might sometimes come from citizens who want to  help to resolve these issues, for exemple  “Sunwaterlife” it’s a suitcase which produces drinkable water thanks to the sun. It can filter at least 700 liters of drinkable water a day.
 
Sources:
lefigaro.fr le-soudan-du-sud-fait-face-a-un-exode-massif.
liberation.fr/planete/2017/03/20/crise-alimentaire-soudan-du-sud-somalie-nigeria-et-yemen-au-bord-du-gouffre_1556119
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The impact of covid-19 on African Civil Society Organization

The immediate impact of COVID-19 on African civil society organisations (CSOs) was swift, widespread and destabilizing. This is one of the main findings of the Africa CSO COVID-19 Survey that @AfricanNGOs and EPIC-Africa implemented between 28 April and 15 May 2020. A total of 1 015 CSOs from 44 African countries participated in the survey.
Based on the survey findings, we are pleased to release, “The Impact of COVID-19 on African Civil Society Organizations – Challenges, Responses and Opportunities”, the first report that focuses exclusively on the impact of COVID-19 on African CSOs.
Click here to download the full report.
It presents an overview of the dual challenges confronting African CSOs of keeping their organizations afloat, while also responding to the needs of the communities in which they operate. It also highlights opportunities that emerged from the crisis, and crucial challenges that need to be addressed in support of the recovery and sustainability of African CSOs.
The report fills a critical knowledge gap and offers funders, governments, the private sector and other strategic stakeholders the necessary data-based evidence to inform their engagement with African CSOs, both during and after the pandemic. It also provides CSOs with a tool to help strengthen solidarity and inform advocacy for greater recognition and support for the sector.
Some of the key findings from the survey include:
98% of respondents confirmed that they had been adversely affected;
55.69% has already experienced a loss of funding, while 66.46% expect to lose funding in the next 3 to 6 months;
49.87% have introduced measures to reduce costs because of the loss of funding, or the uncertainty about future funding;
77.97% of respondents indicated that COVID-19 would have a devastating impact on the sustainability of many CSOs.
The majority of respondents (84.48%) confirmed that they were not prepared to cope with the disruption caused by the pandemic. 69.34% had to reduce or cancel their operations, while 54.94% expect this to continue over the next 3 to 6 months.
Adding to the challenges facing CSOs, they are also not receiving the necessary support from national governments. In addition to excluding CSOs from emergency funding mechanisms, 71.58% of respondents believed that governments had failed to recognize and utilize local CSOs’ skills, experience and networks in response to COVID-19.
Despite the impact on their operations, African CSOs have been at the forefront of the response to COVID-19. 84.77% of respondents introduced new program activities, with 71.94% self-funding these activities. 85.47% stated that they could have done more if capacity or funding constraints were not a barrier.
African CSOs are also demonstrating resilience and agility as they adapt to changing circumstances. They have identified some key opportunities as they seek to cope with the pandemic. These include leveraging domestic funding sources, building sector solidarity and accelerating digital transformation.
It is still too early to comprehend the full impact of COVID-19 on African CSOs, especially as the pandemic is still spreading. However, the impact will be long-lasting as COVID-19 has exacerbated historical and ongoing challenges that hamper the sector. If left unattended, a significant number of CSOs will close down, people working in the sector will lose their jobs, and the various constituencies that depend on CSOs’ services and advocacy interventions will suffer the consequences.
Still, many CSOs remain optimistic about the future. 45.06% of respondents felt that they would emerge stronger and more agile after the pandemic, while 68.08% felt that COVID-19 would result in greater public appreciation for their work.
@AfricanNGOs and EPIC-Africa will implement a follow-up survey in late 2020 to assess the evolving impact of COVID-19 on African CSOs.
(@AfricanNGOs is a Twitter account, moderated by David Barnard, that covers news and information for and about NGOs in Africa & EPIC-Africa is a Senegal-based, pan-African organization that seeks to strengthen the ecosystem for philanthropy in Africa)
Where to from here? Workplace after Lockdown.
For some time we have been talking about the 4th Industrial Revolution (4th IR) and how it will change the way we live and work. There was a focus on job losses as well as opportunities that will come along. I want to link the world after COVID-19 to the 4th IR. Why? Because some companies had to come to a complete halt as there were no resources and strategies in place to assist employees with working from home. We have many companies in SA that do not provide their staff with laptops and some do but fail to provide internet connection. This could be because of costs or that there has never been a need for them.
Businesses need to start thinking about implementing working from home as well as the resources they will need to ensure that staff remains productive. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, sent an email to staff notifying them that they can continue working from home forever if they want to. Of course, they had adopted the work-from-home model way before lockdown and this put them in a position of advantage when lockdown hit.
A lot of honest conversations need to take place when organizations decide to implement the work-from-home model. Are employees productive for the full 8/9 hours a day? Do certain issues need to be discussed only in meetings or can they be communicated through email? How will we measure productivity when employees are not in the office? What costs are associated with employees working remotely? What about employees that prefer being in an office environment, do we still keep the offices open?
Various tools can be used to monitor employees’ active times throughout the day. For the model to be effective there needs to be a trusting relationship between employer and employee. You can start by allowing employees to work remotely once or twice a week and as the trust grows the hours will also increase.
We cannot deny that the world has changed, we need to be able to change with it. Old techniques might not yield the same results they once did. I believe that in as much as the pandemic has been disruptive for many, it also became a learning curve for most.
Food parcels donation
The aim to help rural arears with food parcels, since this lockdown started there are families that are strugling in rural arears so food parcels for them will help them to survive this disaster we are facing as a Nation wide.
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
COVID-19 in South Africa – An Overview of the NGO Funding Situation and Fundraising Efforts
This article provides an overview of the expected impact of COVID-19 on the funding situation of NGOs in South Africa, new funding initiatives that aim to support the sector, and the fundraising efforts of NGOs that are involved in COVID-19 related interventions.
The COVID-19 pandemic, national lockdown, and resulting economic slowdown affect every aspect of South African society. Given the already weak state of the economy, the country’s high levels of unemployment, poverty and inequality will increase as a result.
The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic also have far-reaching implications for the role that NGOs play in the lives of millions of South Africans.
The more than 220 000 NGOs registered with the Department of Social Development, as well as many community-based organisations, perform crucial development, humanitarian and advocacy functions, and are an integral part of the fabric of our society.
Unfortunately, most NGOs are dependent on grant funding and individual donations to support their operations. As local and international funders are also affected by economic downturns, less funding will be available to support NGOs.
COVID-19 is not an event with a defined beginning or end, and it is likely to remain an ongoing threat for the foreseeable future. This situation makes NGOs extremely vulnerable, and some NGOs are already experiencing a decrease in funding, or fear funding cuts in the future. This is not the time for complacency, and NGOs will require smart leadership and creative fundraising efforts to prevent the down-scaling of operations or staff losses.
Several initiatives have emerged to support NGOs under these trying circumstances. CAF Southern Africa (CAFSA) has launched an emergency fund to support NGOs that provide essential services to the most marginalised communities in the country. Similarly, the Mergon Group has created an emergency Gap Fund to support NGOs that have lost significant funding in recent weeks, or that are experiencing an increase in demand for their services. Both initiatives are actively seeking public support to meet their funding objectives. CAFSA also manages emergency funding by the Oppenheimer Generations Foundation. This funding is offered on a once-off basis to small NGOs (budget of less than R5 million per annum) that deliver food to vulnerable groups. The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) has released R150 million as a relief measure to NGOs struggling to stay afloat during this time.
Many traditional funders are also reviewing the impact of COVID-19 on their grantees, and offer additional support where possible.
The Solidarity Fund, which was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 23 March 2020, provides a vehicle for individuals and organisations to support measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and assist in the economic recovery. Although not aimed at supporting NGOs specifically, some of the funding will hopefully reach NGOs that are implementing services aligned with the fund’s objectives.
Despite the negative impact of COVID-19 on the NGO sector, many organisations are operating during the lockdown, providing essential services, food and medical supplies to vulnerable communities across the country. These interventions complement those of government and other stakeholders, and form an integral part of a collective national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, given the impact of the pandemic and extension of the lockdown period, these NGOs are in urgent need of immediate financial and in-kind donations to continue providing, or expanding their interventions. Most of them are implementing specific fundraising efforts in this regard.
The following list highlights the fundraising efforts of NGOs (in alphabetical order) in support of their COVID-19 related interventions. Click on the name of an organisation to learn more about its specific fundraising appeal or to make a donation.