As raised by the Emergency Relief Coordinator at the IASC Principals meeting on 28th April 2020, there is some progress in providing funding to NGOs which are on the front lines of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr. Mark Lowcock, the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) and Chair of the IASC, convened an ad hoc IASC Principals meeting to discuss the COVID-19 response, including an update on the health situation and logistics.
The COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on ongoing humanitarian crises have created a need to make funding agreements more flexible so that frontline humanitarian actors receive timely and adequate resources and can pivot as appropriate to COVID-19-related activities.
This light guidance was developed by WHO and UNHCR on behalf of the IASC Results Group 4 on Humanitarian-Development Collaboration and in consultation with the UN Joint Steering Committee to Advance Humanitarian and Development Collaboration (JSC). It is to be a live document meant to ensure a common understanding of analysis, funding and financial strategies and effective coordination initiatives. It highlights key steps and questions that should be answered during the process of creating and delivering context-specific collective outcomes.
COVID-19 is a global health crisis, an information crisis and increasingly a wider socio-economic crisis. Over the past decade, the West Africa Ebola outbreak and many emergencies from natural disasters to complex humanitarian crises, have shown the critical need to engage communities from the very beginning.
Mr. Mark Lowcock, the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) and Chair of the IASC, convened an ad hoc IASC Principals meeting to discuss the COVID-19 response, including a discussion on the topics of Localization and Protection from Sexual Exploitation (PSEA) and Abuse and Sexual Harassment.