Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Civil Society Organisations in Liberia
This research report assesses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Liberia. The research further looks at CSOs’ resilience during the pandemic, their contributions to the fight against the COVID-19, as well as their programming and operations during the pandemic.
Most of the 27 participating CSOs reported that during the early stages of the pandemic, their operations were partially or completely shut down.
Many CSOs struggled to remain operational due the significant decline in (domestic) resource mobilisation during the pandemic.
Many CSOs partnered with older and financially established organisations while others requested permission to reallocate some of their current funding to activities centred around fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many CSOs migrated to virtual platforms such as Teams, Zoom, Facebook etc. to engage their partners, organise their meetings and dialogues as well as conduct trainings for their project beneficiaries.
Most CSOs in Liberia have demonstrated huge resilience and innovation to remain as relevant stakeholders and partners to the government in the fight against the pandemic.
Review by Wilde Ganzen
We strongly agree with the following statement in the report: “Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic is gradually becoming the new normal. Hence, CSOs will have to adapt and innovate in order to continue their operations and programmes.” (page 20)
This is the key message this survey of 27 CSOs in Liberia is conveying.
How this is being done, is the part of the report that is most interesting to the reader. A good summary of the report can be found in chapter 5.
COVID-19 Civil society organisations
Author: S. Aaron Weah-Weah, III
Publisher/source/organization: West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI)
Place and year of issue: Accra, Ghana 2021
Type: Research report