Humanitarian Funding, Partnerships and Coordination in the COVID-19 crisis: Perspectives from local women-led organisations and women’s rights organisations

To an unprecedented extent, the Covid-19 crisis has forced a recognition of the central role played by national and local organisations in humanitarian action. Local women-led organisations (WLO) and women’s rights organisations (WRO) play critically important roles, but their efforts often lack both political and financial support.

CAFOD, CARE International UK, ActionAid, Danish Church Aid and Oxfam - partnered with local WLO and WRO partners in Lebanon, Jordan, Bangladesh, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Nigeria, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and South Sudan - have gathered a snapshot of the Covid-19 response to date in terms of access to funding, partnerships and decision-making for WLO/WROs.

This paper summarises our findings and recommendations on:

  • direct funding to these groups
  • indirect funding via international intermediary organisations (including UN agencies and INGOs)
  • participation in humanitarian coordination processes
  • post-Covid-19 recovery.

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