Posted By Dipendra K C,
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
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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.
- 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.
- CSOs with relatively smaller budgets working outside the Kathmandu valley are comparatively vulnerable and more worried than CSOs inside the valley.
- Mobility of CSOs is limited due to lockdown, due to which CSOs ability to provide service to vulnerable population are severely affected.
- CSOs need support in reevaluating their future directions in fundraising, financial scenario planning, technological upskilling, and strengthening organizational resilience.
- 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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