Coronavirus (Covid-19) support
As Covid-19 continues spreading worldwide, we’re supporting Bond members to adapt their operations and keep their organisations safe.
NGOs are facing unprecedented challenges in the UK and across the world. Our recent Covid-19 survey highlights that NGOs are under immense strain from international travel restrictions, keeping staff in the UK and overseas safe, and losing income from reduced fundraising.
We’re responding to our members’ needs by mobilising the sector and providing the latest information and resources for enduring this crisis.
Our support to the sector
We're helping organisations in these ways:
- We’re sharing knowledge, learning and resources on Covid-19 that relate to international development, peacebuilding and humanitarian response. On this page, you’ll find information and guidance to support your organisation’s operations, fundraising, programmes, staff and volunteers. You can navigate our guidance using the red menu to the right.
- We’re mobilising and convening members to share insights. Our 40 working groups are already providing advice and resources on specific areas of work. We’re also holding virtual meetings to gather your concerns and issues, so we can help strengthen organisations and advocate for the sector. Tell us about the challenges your organisation is facing using this feedback form and leave anonymous feedback on how we're supporting our members.
- We’ll be holding webinars on a range of Covid-19 topics, including medical advice and health, business continuity, mental wellbeing, travel and foreign exchange. Sign up to our weekly newsletter to hear about these as they're announced.
- We’re taking our training online. Up to July, we’ll be delivering our courses online through our new learning platform. We’ve redesigned our face-to-face programmes to ensure we meet your learning needs through interactive live sessions, as well as individual and group activities. We have reduced the cost of courses by 20% until July. Check out our training.
- We’re connecting with UK government and other networks in the UK and internationally. We're working with the Department for International Development (DFID) to find solutions to the sector's most pressing issues.
General info for UK NGOs
- Information and sources of advice from NCVO for non-profit managers and trustees of charities in England.
- Information from the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) for charities in Scotland.
- Information from the Welsh Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) for Welsh charities, including advice from Public Health Wales.
- Information and sources of advice from the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA), including advice from the Northern Ireland Public Health.
- Small Charities Coalition will be issuing a weekly update on their website, and are working with Charity Finance Group to push for emergency funding. They are asking small charities to contact them with questions to [email protected]
- Civicus has put together Resources for civil society in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic which includes responses from civil society around the world, advice for donors, resources for online activism.
- Good Finance have launched a Covid-19 Resource Hub for Charities & Social Enterprises. This page contains information, resources and tools designed to support charities and social enterprises navigating Covid-19.
- The UK government has updated their Guidance to help with running your charity during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
- On the 31st March, the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Committee heard about the impact of COVID-19 on charities and voluntary organisations, for more information you can visit their twitter account.
Funding and finance advice
- DFID have updated their guidance on coronavirus for implementing partners with contracts, MOUs and accountable grants and set up a contact email for questions: [email protected]
- DFID have released the Supply Partner Frequently Asked Questions, it provides answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about the UK government and DFID’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the support available for supply partners.
- Charity Finance Group have published an update on their meeting with the Minister for Civil Society; their call for an emergency fund for charities; and advice for charities on community events and public fundraising.
- CFG also have a summary of advice on charity finances, including business continuity planning, investments and cash flow.
- The Charity Commission have issued guidance for charities whose operations are impacted by coronavirus. Guidance has been issued on filing annual returns, holding AGMs, operating remotely as a trustee Board and reporting serious incidents. They also have a telephone helpline: 0300 066 9197 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) for charities who have an imminent annual return and accounts filing deadline.
- The Charity Tax Group launched the Coronavirus information hub for charity tax and finance professionals covering topics from VAT tax referrals, Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, to expenses that are taxable during coronavirus pandemic.
- The London Funders announced a new £2m emergency support fund to help communities and voluntary organisations and have released a joint statement announcing increased flexibility in their grants. Signatories include Comic Relief, Esmee Fairbarn, Joseph Rowntree, Lloyds Bank Foundation and others. They have also set up a Covid19 Funders online platform.
- The Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) have outlined 5 key ways foundations are responding to Covid-19.
- A growing number of US funders pledge greater flexibility No-Business-as- Usual.
- Crowdfunder is making it 100% free for community and charity crowdfunding projects during the crisis.
- Haysmacintyre has created a dedicated web page to collate, analyse and provide insights on the various financial, tax and accounting measures and initiatives being announced
- Philanthropia is running the online course Fundraising in the Time of the Coronavirus for NGOs around the world looking at how you can help, where to find funding, networking and proposals and applications.
- Ian Matlock has collated a Coronavirus Funder List which mainly cover national funding opportunities.
- Elrha is launching an urgent funding call for research proposals to support the COVID-19 response in humanitarian settings.
- CIVCUS published an Open letter: Donors and supporters must act to ensure civil society resilience against COVID-19 pandemic.
- Start Network has launched a new COVID-19 aid fund to anticipate and respond to critical virus-related humanitarian needs in low-income countries.
- UK aid and Unilever to target a billion people in global handwashing campaign.
People and HR information
- The Chartered Institute for Institute for Personnel and Development: comprehensive employer response guide; This also includes a collection of downloadable resources including a checklist on managing coronavirus; business continuity plan; pandemic emergency plan; controlling infectious diseases in the workplace policy and employee letter template on absence and pay.
- ACAS: information on good practice for UK employers, including sick pay and coping with illness occuring in the workplace.
- ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations) has been working in partnership with other membership and infrastructure bodies to represent your interests, including advocating for financial support to help charities weather this crisis.
- Remote Resources during the Corona Virus and a comprehesive list of tools for online collaboration.
- Humentum have set up a group on Humentum Connect and are running weekly information webinars and calls for Humentum members.
- Diversity Travel lists travel advisory notices and updates by date and International SOS has a list of travel restrictions, flight operations and in-country screening operations
- Bates Wells coronavirus hub offers insights on key employment issues; contractual obligations; immigration updates and real estate aspects of the new Coronavirus Act 2020.
Humanitarian response resources
- Age International guidance supporting and protecting older people in low and middle income countries.
- Amref launched COVID 19 Africa Information Centre a one-stop hub that brings together the latest data on confirmed coronavirus cases and free downloadable resources for community sensitisation.
- COVID-19 Response Portal holds a vast collection of guidelines, tools, papers and lessons learnt from across and beyond the ALNAP Membership which are relevant to responding to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
- CARE International calls on development and humanitarian organizations, national governments, and international donors to consider the gendered implications of the pandemic in a new policy brief titled, “Gendered Implications of COVID-19 Outbreaks in Development and Humanitarian Settings.”
Human rights and civic space resources
- COVID-19 Civic Freedom Tracker monitors government responses to the pandemic that affect civic freedoms and human rights, focusing on emergency laws.
- A statement by CIVICUS calling on states to put human rights at the centre of COVID 19 responses urging release of political prisoners and human rights defenders and not using emergency measures to further restrict civic space.
- UN OHCHR provide guidance on Covid 19 and Human Rights.
- Article 19 provide resources on COVID 19 emergency powers and misinformation.
- ICNL's page on Coronavirus & Civic Space presents key resources and information on how international law provides a framework to uphold human rights during crisis response.
- International Development Alliance have launched the page COVID and the disability movement with the aim to support a disability-inclusive response to the crisis and share the most recent updates and resources as they become available.
- Amnesty International has published preliminary observations on COVID 19 and human rights and other resources in relation to COVID 19.
Other useful resources, podcasts and webinars
- You can listen to the World Economic Forum's new podcast World vs Virus: How the world can navigate the COVID-19 Coronavirus
- Open Democracy have put together a Coronavirus disinformation test this quiz will help you spot the most common coronavirus disinformation circulating on the internet.
- Kaya and Save the Children are offering the course The COVID-19 Learning Pathway (Open Access) to enable humanitarians, including local responders, to be best equipped to respond to the global pandemic COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
- Public Health On Call podcast run by experts from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health focus is the novel coronavirus spreading around the world.
- On March 24th, NPQ assembled a panel of four thoughtful, provocative leaders to inspire your thinking about how to frame the COVID-19 crisis and craft responses to it that are consistent with your organization, you can access it here.
- 8 Ways to Adapt Your M&E During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Here are a few ideas that you and your team might consider doing to make sure you can stay on track
- GeoPoll report on knowledge and perceptions of coronavirus in Africa as it spreads to South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria.
- Philanthropy University is developing resources and courses in response to COVID-19.
Advice on personal safety
- NHS guidance for the general public on good hygiene practice and action to take in case of suspected coronavirus.
- WHO information on protecting against infection, including videos, myth-busters, advice for health workers and downloadable posters for the workplace.
- UK government latest advice for UK travellers to other countries, including links to FCO advice by country.
- WHO advice on the status of coronavirus cases in affected countries.
Daily situation reports
- UK government information for the public, with daily updates on cases.
- WHO daily update of cases worldwide.
- Useful dashboard visualisation of cases for monitoring cases in programme countries.
- John Hopkins University CCSE resource hub on latest research into coronavirus.
- Epidemiological data from the JHU CCSE is available from Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) in CSV format.