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Study Report Launched [Impact of COVID-19 on Nepali Civil Society Organizations]

Posted By Dipendra K C, Tuesday, May 12, 2020

In an initial effort to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the CSO’s ability to meet their community’s needs, we launched a nationwide study on April 14, 2020. Nepal is well known for its vibrancy of civic space; a little over 54,000 NGOs are registered with Social Welfare Council. We invited a total of 488 randomly sampled CSOs to participate in the study. A total of 235 organizations from 64 districts covering all seven provinces of the country participated in the survey between April 14 to May 1. The respondents comprised of NGOs (91%), federations and associations (7%), and profit not distributing companies (2%). Participating organizations also covered a broad range of functional areas, from human rights to research and reconstruction.

Key Insights

  1. Three out of ten organizations have entirely stopped their services. In comparison, six out of ten responding organizations’ ability to deliver services and/or programs has been affected by COVID-19, and the rest are either providing their regular services or to a greater extent.
  2. CSOs with relatively smaller budgets working outside the Kathmandu valley are comparatively vulnerable and more worried than CSOs inside the valley.
  3. Mobility of CSOs is limited due to lockdown, due to which CSOs ability to provide service to vulnerable population are severely affected.
  4.  CSOs need support in reevaluating their future directions in fundraising, financial scenario planning, technological upskilling, and strengthening organizational resilience.
  5.  CSOs are responding to COVID-19 in numerous ways. Nine of ten responding organizations are informing their beneficiaries and communities on risks and steps to protect from COVID-19, six out of ten organizations are collecting some kind of data at the local level, five out of ten organizations are building a coalition with other organizations for relief and support. Similarly, CSOs are coordinating with local governments for relief activities, combating fake news, and fundraising.

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