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ISTR's new research and networking forum is designed to provide an active and engaging space for our members to share new research being carried out on Covid-19 and the Third Sector. Use this space to share research ideas, identify research partners/collaborators, seek feedback and support on work-in-progress, and solicit and discuss research ideas and methods. Also use this space to publicize relevant reports, op-eds, papers, etc. you have published that might be of interest to your peers and provide links to collections of research being compiled by other organizations that represent third sector sub-fields (philanthropy, volunteerism, governance, legal studies, etc.) or global regions (Asia, LAC, Africa, Europe, etc.) to facilitate the cross-pollination of ideas. We will cross post these on our static resources page: This forum is open to all, though you must be logged in to an ISTR account to post. To post, click on "Add new post" below.


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The Third sector in West Africa - Maimed by COVID-19

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Nana Asantewa Afadzinu

Executive Director, West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI)


One sector in West Africa that has found itself crippled on many levels by COVID 19 is the third sector and specifically non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community based organisations (CBOs). The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced on March 11 that the Corona Virus emergency had now become a full blown global pandemic and many organisations have found themselves in dire circumstances as this crisis hit without warning. Their plight has been compounded by the measures deployed by governments across West Africa to respond to the pandemic, including lockdowns, border closures, social distancing and bans on public gatherings (OECD Country Tracker, 2020). Read more here.

Originally published in the ISTR African Network Newsletter

Tags:  Africa  civil society  covid-19  Member 

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COVID 19 and responses in Africa

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Bhekinkosi Moyo

Director, Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI), South Africa


COVID 19 has caused a lot of damage to societies across the world. As of Thursday 21 May, there were over 5 million confirmed cases, close to 2 million recoveries and more than 238 172 deaths globally. In Africa, the virus started slowly but has since been on the increase in several countries. However compared to most European countries and the United States of America, Africa’s numbers are still very low. Africa has a population of 1,216 billion and as of the 21st May 2020, Africa’s confirmed COVID 19 cases was 95 058, with 38 115 recoveries and 2 995 deaths. South Africa has the biggest numbers (18 003 confirmed cases, 7 950 recoveries and 339 deaths), followed by Egypt (14 229 confirmed cases, 3950 recoveries and 680 deaths). Other countries with high numbers include Morocco, Algeria, Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Tunisia, Senegal and Cameroon. Only Lesotho has zero infections at the time of writing. This raises a number of questions. Is this due to the measures that Lesotho might have taken ahead of time to make sure there are no infections. How long will this continue for? Is there a possibility that this is because of poor testing especially given the close proximity between Lesotho and South Africa.  Read more here

Originally published in the ISTR Africa Network Newsletter

Tags:  Africa  civil society  covid-19  Philanthropy 

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The Pandemic: The Greatest Challenge Of Civil Society And The Third Sector A Philosophical Investigation

Posted By Oscar Alfredo Piccolo, Friday, May 22, 2020

Life on our planet has taken a drastic and dramatic turn, plagued by the covid-19 pandemic, which has no end in sight, the truth is that it changed the social and economic fabric of the world. In train to envision these changes, there are some who do not raise doubts, we already know that the pandemic will have a catastrophic effect on the world economy,it only remains to know its dimension. Many others we must predict, perhaps, we are going to a more closed world more nationalistic less globalized, we have seen that each nation, apply its own strategy, leaving in the background that we are facing a planetary problem. Another factor to consider is that in an emergency, security prevails over freedom, and that is the breeding ground where governments seem to fall "too much" in love with a certain political authoritarianism, to the detriment of liberties and democratic institutions. Read more here

Tags:  civil society  essay  philosophical research 

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