The future of civil society organisations in light of Covid-19

A two hour workshop to explore the current challenges and opportunities brought out by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This webinar brings together leaders from a range of sectors and backgrounds to share their observations and thoughts on the implications of the Covid-19 crisis for civil society organisations. We'll also identify possible directions for civil society organisations to emerge stronger. 

This webinar is a collaboration between the following international civil society networks: Bond, CIVICUS, CONCORD Europe, Forus International, ICSC, Climate Action Network, ICVA, InterAction, NEAR, and VANI.

We will start with a series of provocations from the authors of this discussion document and leaders from civil society platforms. These short insights will highlight the imperatives for change, given the current crisis. We'll also look at where we might be able to build from, if we want to re-energise civil society organisations' demands to put people at the heart of the changes we need.

We will then have breakout sessions (45 minutes) to explore:

  • The new normal: Cementing the value of civil society
  • Shifting the power: Getting beyond the rhetoric
  • Transforming broken systems
  • Solidarity and protecting rights
  • Keeping an eye on climate and the sustainable development goals

These will be 45 minute open discussions in groups. We expect them to result in next steps that our organisations will take forward together or separately.



This webinar has happened, please have a look at bond's future events on the events page and recordings of previous webinars on our resources page. 


Stephanie Draper

Stephanie Draper is Bond's chief executive.

Sam Worthington headshot

Sam Worthington is the CEO of InterAction


Director at Concord


Director of Forus


Executive director at ICVA

International Civil Society Centre

Executive director at the International Civil Society Centre in Berlin

Vani India

CEO of Vani India

Climate Action Network International

Executive director at Climate Action Network International

NEAR Network

Executive director of Network for Empowered Aid Response (NEAR).


Secretary general at CIVICUS