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The impacts of COVID-19 on members of the Alliance

Title: The impacts of COVID-19

Author: Scotland’s International Development Alliance

Date: 4 May 2020

Length: 15 pages

Resource type: PDF report


This short report summarises evidence gathered from members about the impacts of COVID-19 on their work. It covers: the impact in Scotland; the impact in programme countries; how donors are responding; and the requests for actions by the Alliance.

Key findings:

  1. The loss of charitable funding has hit the sector hard. This has serious implications for almost all our members and threatens the very future of some.
  2. Flexibility from donors is of great significance to members with institutional funding.
  3. The situation in partner countries varies considerably. Some are in lockdown, some are not. There are widespread concerns about the inability of public health systems to cope should the pandemic take a similar course to that in Europe and North America. There are general expectations of a deepening of poverty and some mention the likelihood of increased starvation.
  4. The Alliance is asked to help with advocacy and by providing more opportunities for information sharing.

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