This report presents the findings of a survey conducted by the 8 members of Alliance2015 in 25 countries in the final quarter of 2020 to assess the impact of Covid-19 on food security, WASH, health, education, income, indebtedness and the psychosocial conditions of households.
As a member of Alliance2015, Concern collected data from Malawi, Kenya, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Haiti and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for this research.
The research found that the Covid-19 pandemic is testing the resilience of communities globally, with very differentiated impacts, exacerbating existing inequities and creating new ones.
At the time of the survey, most respondents were aware of the measures to reduce the transmission of Covid-19 such as frequent hand washing and wearing of masks but practicing them posed several challenges. One in every four respondents found it difficult to avoid social contact, avoid crowded places, afford masks or soap. These issues were further exacerbated for people living in refugee or IDP camps.
Alliance2015 members are using these results to adapt their programmes and initiate new activities. “The large number and distribution of respondents provides a robust empirical base for adapting and designing humanitarian assistance and development programmes and assessing their impacts, by Alliance2015 members, other CSOs, government and donors” Antonia Potter Prentice, Alliance2015 Director said.
“According to UN agencies, Covid-19 and its consequences are fuelling chronic and acute malnutrition across the globe. As Alliance2015 we call for a clear, multi-year commitment to multi-sectoral approaches designed to build resilience at community level while improving nutrition outcomes, and a scale up of investment in humanitarian response to deal with the growing threat of famine faced by millions across some of the most fragile countries of the world.”
The research can be accessed at the Alliance2015 website here.